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Civil War Days Festival at Two TN State Parks on Nov. 3

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Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 

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NASHVILLE – Cannons will ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys Counties to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville. The free Civil War Days festival will feature living history presenters and more at both Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

“All Tennessee State Park Rangers are Certified Interpretive Guides and have the skills and expertise to share Tennessee’s history in an engaging and contextual way with visitors,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Both parks will feature period encampments – a Federal encampment at Johnsonville and a Confederate encampment at Nathan Bedford Forrest – complete with artillery, infantry and civilian demonstrations. No battle reenacting will take place.

The Battle of Johnsonville occurred on Nov. 4, 1864 when troops under famed Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. This attack resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance. 

Event sponsors include the Tennessee Arts Commission, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Chemours, Humanities Tennessee, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Middle Tennessee Tourism Council, Visit Humphreys TN, Tennessee Valley Authority, Casey’s General Stores, First Tennessee Bank, First Bank, Friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park, Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden/Benton County Chamber of Commerce and Benton County Tennessee River Resort District.

For more information, contact the Nathan Bedford Forrest park office at (731) 593-6445 or the Johnsonville park office at (931) 535-2789 or visit



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