This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. Be sure to watch the video above, to learn more about this important battle of the Civil War.
Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for former President Andrew Johnson and Union Military Governor during the Civil War. This 2000-acre park located in Humphreys County, commemorates the site of the Battle of Johnsonville and the historic town site that existed from 1864-1944 prior to the formation of Kentucky Lake. The park has two large forts, the upper and lower redoubts that are open for visitors. The original Union breastworks (rifle pits) are preserved throughout the park in various areas. The park has approximately 10 miles of trails that meandor through this historic area. Each year on November 4, the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, park staff lead a walking tour. The tour includes an interpretive talk focusing on the the Battle of Johnsonville and leads visitors to various areas pertaining to the historic 1864 Civil War battle.
In 2012, the park opened a new welcome center, museum and gift shop that offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the Civil War and the 1864 Battle of Johnsonville. There is also information about the 80 year history of Old Johnsonville, the town that grew up around the Union supply depot in 1864 and was flooded by Kentucky Lake in the spring of 1944.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville - November 1 - 2, 2014
On the first weekend of November, cannons will once again ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys County, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. The Civil War battle occurred on November 4, 1864, when troops under Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. The attact resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville.
This year’s event is located in two Tennessee State Parks, Johnsonville State Historic Park in Humphreys County and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park located in Benton County. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance.
Many activities are planned for each park. On Saturday and Sunday, special living history demonstrations and programs about the Union Army will be offered at Johnsonville State Historic Park and programs about the Confederate Army will be offered at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Programs will be held from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.
Guided pontoon boat rides will be offered at Nathan Bedford Forrest, providing visitors an opportunity to see both historic venues from the river. At each park there will be schedule firing demonstrations in the military camps, period civilian activities and Union and Confederate cavalry demonstrations. Additionally, programs for area schools will be offered at both parks on Friday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Tuesday, November 4, on the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, there will be a walking tour offered at Johnsonville State Historic Park. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. and will visit many of the original Union defenses that participated in the Battle of Johnsonville exactly 150 years ago to the day. For more information about the 150th anniversary events call 931-535-2789.