• C.C.C. workers from Co. 1473 splitting logs at Camp Evan Shelby

    Pickens, James H

    Two Civilian Conservation Corps workers, from Co. 1473, one smoking a cigarette, work with small axes splitting wood at Camp Evan Shelby in Bristol, Tennessee in 1933. this photograph was donated by J…

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  • Thanks for the Memories

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a song along with a tiny illustration of a soldier in prison. The song is called "Thanks for the Memories" and is attributed to L. G. Young,…

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  • Heel plate

    Heel plate/star pattern originally from Texas or the trans-Mississippi area. Perhaps found on Charlotte Pike and 17th Street in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Beautiful Jim Key promotional entranceway

    Jim Key was a talented horse who was able to perform numerous tricks that showcased his intelligence and unique personality. His trainer, Dr. William Key, was an ex-slave who championed patience and k…

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  • Discharge record of Union soldier Noah L. Davis

    Discharge paper for 18-year old Pvt. Noah L. Davis, Co. K, 9th Tenn. Cav. who enrolled on August 20, 1863. He was discharged on September 11, 1865 at Knoxville, Tenn. Private Davis was a native of Mor…

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  • Tennessee Facts for Home Seekers

    Ten-page pamphlet isuued by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture with the purpose of encouraging emigration to the state by focusing on the agricultural advantages of Tennessee.

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  • Liberty Academy broadside

    Broadside lists tuition costs for primary, common English, higher English or classical educations. Identified are J. S. Henry, President, and Richard Pepper, Assistant. Board of Trustees are listed at…

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  • Colored Citizens' Petition Against the Repeal of the Free School System

    A "Colored Citizens' Petition" to the General Assembly protesting the repeal of the Free School System. Like the other Free School petitions, the race of each individual signer is unspecified. 37 tota…

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  • Fragment and sabot from 3.5-inch Hotchkiss shell

    Dug in the Mossy Creek area of Jefferson County, Tenn. Fired by Union battery, possibly Eli Lilly's Indiana Battery, at the Dec. 28, 1863 engagement at Mossy Creek, Tenn.

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  • Confederate $50 bill

    Confederate currency, #3518.

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  • Photograph of Bishop's Cumberland Minstrel Show

    Bishop's Cumberland Minstrel Show photograph. Inscription on the back reads: "Bishops Cumberland Minstrels, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1864." Thomas Brigham Bishop was born June 29, 1835, in Wayne, Maine…

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  • John Rhea portrait

    Harrison, W

    John Rhea (1753-1832).

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  • Photograph of Confederate veteran, Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Young

    Napoleon Bonaparte Young (1843-1915), 1st Musician, 8th Tenn. Inf. Regt., CSA, served as a drummer in the Civil War. He was wounded at Perryville, Ky. in October 1862. He later became a lawyer, judge…

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  • Mine crater

    United States. Army. Signal Corps

    Huge crater caused by the explosion of mine planted and exploded by the Germans in their retreat before the American troops.

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  • Scene from "Wild River" shows "Garth Island"

    Photograph of a ferry (at left) on the bank of a bend in the river. Two wires attached to an overhead guide are for towing the ferry across the river. At the right side of the photo is an island.

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  • Political cartoon, "The Tailor and Rail-Splitter Mending the Union"

    Political cartoon depicting Andrew Johnson seated on a world globe, stitching together a map of the United States, with Abraham Lincoln using a "rail-splitter" to reposition it.

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  • Medal from association of Union ex-POWs

    Medallion suspended from gold bar. It commemorates the 21st Annual Session of the Ohio Association of Union Ex-Prisoners of War. The event took place in Marysville, Ohio, June 19-20, 1901. Medallion i…

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  • Letter from H. H. Redkey to Shadrick Lee

    Imprisoned with Shadrick Lee at the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Ga., H. H. Redkey corresponded with Lee more than 40 years after the Civil War ended. He mentioned the "starvation, filth…

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  • Confederate veteran reunion medal

    Confederate veteran medal and ribbon for the 14th annual reunion of the 13th Tenn. Cav. Regt., CSA. The medal belonged to Isaac A. Shoun.

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  • Letter from Corporal Lorenzo Dow Atwood to his wife Cordelia

    Letter from Corporal Lorenzo Dow Atwood, Co. D, 43rd Wisc. Infantry Regiment, USA to his wife Cordelia. He discusses his life in the army and sleeping on a 6 by 4 bunk with straw. He also talks about…

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