Tennessee Civil War Monuments

Tennessee Civil War Monuments

An Illustrated Field Guide
Timothy Sedore
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04560-7
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Throughout Tennessee, Civil War monuments stand tall, peppering the landscape from Chattanooga to Memphis and pinpointing important events and figures within Tennessee's collective narrative.

In Tennessee Civil War Monuments, Timothy S. Sedore reveals Tennessee's history-laden landscape through the lens of its many proud monuments. War monuments have been cropping up since the beginning of the commemoration movement in 1863, and Tennessee is now home to 400 memorials. Not only does Sedore provide commentary for every monument—its history and aesthetic panache—he also explores the relationships that Tennessee natives have with these historic landmarks.

A detailed exploration of the monuments that enrich this Civil War landscape, Sedore's Tennessee Civil War Monuments is a guide to Tennessee's spirit and heritage.

Author Bio

Timothy S. Sedore is the author of three books that explore how the Civil War is memorialized in the American South. Tennessee Civil War Monuments joins Mississippi Civil War Monuments and An Illustrated Guide to Virginia as a survey and analysis of the legacy of the war on the American landscape.

Sedore is Professor of English at the City University of New York, Bronx Community College. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in composition, literature, and religious rhetoric. He is also an ordained Baptist minister.



Last state out of the Union, first state readmitted, and only Confederate state unmentioned in the Emancipation Proclamation, Tennessee has a commemorative landscape reflecting complex loyalties and legacies. In this thorough, thoughtful book Timothy Sedore presents 400 Volunteer State monuments with much-needed balance and wisdom.


 (Stephen Cushman, Robert E. Taylor Professor of English, University of Virginia)


"Tennessee Civil War Monuments provides a superb guide to 400 statues, columns, reliefs, and other components of the state's commemorative landscape. From major battle sites such as Shiloh and Chattanooga to a range of other locations, Timothy S. Sedore reproduces inscriptions that reflect the deeply divided nature of Tennessee's wartime experience and illuminate the complexity of historical memory."



 (Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War)


The Volunteer State sat on the line between the North and the deep South, and as a result became the scene of heavy fighting throughout the war. Timothy S. Sedore's Tennessee Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated Field Guide gives a detailed, balanced, and comprehensive look at the monumentation that resulted across the state, including its great battlefields at Shiloh and Chattanooga.



 (Timothy B. Smith, author of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, and The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson's Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi.)


"This rich overview of Tennessee's Civil War memorial landscape will serve as a valuable companion to those interested in the war's memory. More than a picture book, Sedore provides a detailed examination of the inscriptions and lays out the context from which these stone sentinels rose."


 (Caroline E. Janney, Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps



Chapter 1. East Tennessee

Sullivan County

Washington County

Greene County


Unicoi County

Cocke County

Claiborne County

Hamblen County

Knox County

Monroe County

Polk County

Cleveland, Bradley County

Bledsoe County

Chapter Two. Chattanooga, Chattanooga National Military Park: "NOV. 25, 1863 5 P. M."

Hamilton County Courthouse

Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery

Chattanooga National Cemetery

Lookout Mountain and Valley

Cravens House

Cravens House, the Terraces

Missionary Ridge

Pennsylvania Reservation

Sherman Reservation

Phelps Reservation

De Long Reservation

South of De Long Reservation

Ohio Reservation

South of Ohio Reservation

Bragg Reservation

South of Bragg Reservation

Orchard Knob Reservation

Hamilton County

Chapter Three. Middle Tennessee: "Valorous Gray, Glorious Blue"

Cumberland County

Van Buren County

Warren County

Smith County

DeKalb County

Grundy County

Franklin County

Lincoln County

Wayne County

Moore County

Coffee County

Bedford County

Cannon County

Marshall County

Giles County

Maury County

Williamson County

Rutherford County

Lebanon, Wilson County

Trousdale County

Macon County

Davidson County

Sumner County

Robertson County

Montgomery County

Stewart County

Dickson County

Chapter Four. West Tennessee: "History is An Impartial Witness"

Benton County

Henry County

Weakley County

Obion County

Dyer County

Gibson County

Lake County

Tipton County

Henderson County

Decatur County

Madison County

Haywood County

Hardin County

Hardeman County

Shelby County

McNairy County

Chester County

Chapter Five. Shiloh National Military Park: "Witness and Testimony"

National Cemetery

Grant's Last Line of Defense

Near Pittsburg Landing Road and Present Day TN 22

West of TN 22, West of Woolf Field

East of TN 22, West of Woolf Field

Wicker Field and Environs, Hamburg-Savannah Road

Woolf Field and Environs

Shiloh Church, Shiloh Spring, Rhea Spring and Environs

Spain's Field

Hamburg-Purdy Road, Review Field

Corinth Road

Duncan Field and Environs

Female Figures in Mourning

Intersection of Cavalry and Corinth-Pittsburg roads

Eastern Corinth Road, Sunken Road and Vicinity

Sunken Road, East

Hamburg-Purdy Road

Larkin Bell's Field and Vicinity

Sarah Bell's Old Cotton Field and Vicinity

Wicker Field and Vicinity

Cloud Field and Vicinity

Brown's Ferry Road

Cavalry Road

Sherman Road and Vicinity

6. Chapter 6


Works Consulted