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Filson Civil War Field Institute-East Tennessee in Turmoil

The Filson Historical Society

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Filson Member Ended $280.00 $16.39
non Member Ended $330.00 $19.14

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The Filson Civil War Field Institute

East Tennessee in Turmoil

October 17-19, 2013

The Filson Historical Society will host another Civil War Field Institute whose mission is to explore the complex history of the Civil War era in Kentucky, The Ohio Valley region and the Upper South through a series of field trips and lectures that allow participants to follow the footsteps of the armies and stand on the grounds where they fought.

"From the first days of the Civil War, East Tennessee stood as a bastion of unionism nearly surrounded by regions loyal to the newly minted Confederacy.  Home to important unionist politicians like Andrew Johnson, “Parson” Brownlow, and Horace Maynard, East Tennessee was a jewel for both the Union and Confederacy.  Unionists feared for their lives because of the armed Confederates in their midst and the Confederates lived in constant fear of unionist guerrilla attacks.  As a result, the Civil War in East Tennessee saw street fights, shootouts, skirmished, battles, bridge burnings, and executions.  On our tour, we will visit many of the most important Civil War sites in East Tennessee where many of the region’s signature events played out." - Brian D. McKnight

We will headquarters in Greeneville, TN and travel by coach bus to various sites over the course of two days.

some of the sites we will visit...

  •  East Tennessee Historical Society Museum in downtown Knoxville
  •  Bijou Theater, this was the location of the Lamar House, a center of secessionist activity.
  •  Fort Dickerson, overlooks the city and has maps for the network of fortresses in and around city.
  •  Battle of Blue Springs, two Burnside victories during East Tennessee Campaign
  •  Bleak House, soldiers’ graves on the grounds, served as Longstreet’s headquarters during the 1863 siege, cannonballs embedded in the walls, and wall drawings of men killed on the grounds.
  •  Old Gray Cemetery is the final resting place for many luminaries.  Rabid unionist William “Parson” Brownlow lies within spitting distance of one of his wartime enemies. 
  • Dickson-Williams mansion- John Hunt Morgan spent his last night on Earth here as a guest of the family.  We will visit the spot on which he died.
  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site where his home, his tailor’s shop, his grave, and the museum are located.
  • On our way out of Greeneville, we will partially follow the old railroad route and stop at important bridge burning sites.  The pillars of some of these bridges still stand.
  • Cannonball House which still shows the damage of the Battle of Blountville.
  • Sinking Spring Cemetery, in Abingdon where John Hunt Morgan was first buried and the infamous John Floyd still lies.
  • Saltville-Battlefield Tour - Champ Ferguson’s activities. The battlefield has excellent vantage points where we can see the influence of terrain on the battle and learn about the importance of salt in the Civil War while touring a replica salt shed with kettles. 
  • The depot where the Pottertown bridge burners were hanged.

Our tour Guide

Brian D. McKnight is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he teaches southern history and courses in the Civil War era.  His first book, Contested Borderland:  The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia (Kentucky, 2006), won the James I. Robertson Literary Prize in Confederate History.  His most recent book, Confederate Outlaw:  Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia, tells the story of the Confederacy’s most notorious borderland guerrilla and was awarded the Tennessee Historical Commission’s award for the Best Book on Tennessee History for 2011.  Additionally, he coedited The Age of Andrew Jackson and appeared on the Ashley Judd episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?.

Fieldtrip Fee

$280 for Filson members;

$330 Non-members

Includes all admission fees to museums and parks, Chartered Bus, Two lunches, a reception and one dinner (Thursday evening)


To reserve your place

A non-refundable deposit of $50 (Due by 8/2/2013) per person is required at time of registration and balance is due to the Filson by October 1, 2013

Space is limited. 


To assure your field trip reservation, you can register on line through eventbrite. (additional fees will apply)

or send payment to:

The Filson Historical Society

c/o Scott Scarboro CWFI

1310 S Third Street  

Louisville, KY 40208


All participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Greeneville, TN and making their own hotel accommodations and dinner on Friday evening.

During the fieldtrip we will travel by chartered bus as a group.


General Morgan Inn

111 North Main Street

Greeneville, TN 37743

(423) 787-1000 / (800) 223-2679

$85 per night Filson group rate

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When & Where

General Morgan Inn
111 North Main Street
Greeneville, TN 37743

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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