The only state designated by Congress as a Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee witnessed more than its share of Civil War strife. This collection of primary documents--including newspaper accounts, official reports, journals, diaries, ship logs and letters--offers rare glimpses of the Civil War as it unfolded in the Volunteer State. Arranged by month from April 1861 to April 1865, the pieces chronicle the smaller skirmishes that made up the largest percentage of all fighting and address a variety of other topics critical to the civilian population, including health issues, juvenile delinquency, politics, anti-Semitism, inflation, welfare, commodities speculation, charity, refugees, African Americans, Native Americans, and the role of women. These informative, accurate, and often amusing accounts go beyond the famous generals and big battles to illustrate how the Civil War impacted the lives of the majority of citizens.
James B. Jones, Jr., is a public historian on the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission and editor of its monthly publication, The Courier. He has written extensively on Tennessee and Civil War history.