Gen. Palmer renowned for bravery, fidelity

Mike West, Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Even the most probing look at the old Palmer residence on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Joseph benjamin Palmer, lawyer turned soldier, built the massive Victorian-styled structure following the Civil War…

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Davis was a brave man who laughed ’til the end

Sam Stockard, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 “He was a brave man, and if ever a man died game, he did, for he talked and laughed with his executioners till the very last.” Ironically, the words were written by a Union soldier after he witnessed the hanging in…

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Grant Acquires 42-Acres of Stones River Battle Land

February 26, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) A grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission is enabling Stones River National Battlefield to acquire the 42-acres of battle land that once housed General Electric and Cummings Signs. $1,827,502 has been awarded for the acquisition of 42 acres of the Stones River Battlefield, formerly…

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Historical letters from German soldier enlightening

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, December 3, 2018 German immigrant Private Daniel Miller held Federal guard duty on Fortress Rosecrans for a year and a half (Oct. 1863-April 1864) following the Stones River battle. With incredible detective work by Dr. Homer and Mable Pittard, a startling discovery was made…

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Joseph Palmer a compelling general in Civil War

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, October 22, 2018 The namesake Palmer originated with the Norman Conquest of 1066.  This signature name was brought to England by the Normans and has a meaning of “pilgrim who carries palm branches back from the Holy Land.” The sobriquet of Palmer represented a…

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Illustrators of Civil War preserved chapter in time

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, September 24, 2018 My daughter Katherine is a terrific artist, and I have always been fascinated with the illustrative sketch artists of the Civil War.  These creative individuals supplied a visual account of a battle by depicting the soldiers fighting, suffering, celebrating and most…

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Local Historian, Talented Story Teller Bettie Cook Dies

July 5, 2018, WGNS Radio (Murfreesboro) A lady who touched the lives of so many, passed away from an extended illness at 10:59 Tuesday (7/3/2018) evening. Bettie Clayton Cook loved history, and especially local history, and shared it as a part of her longtime career with the National Parks Service…

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Majestic mansion Grantlands burned in Civil War

Susan Harber, The Dail y News Journal, April 16, 2018 Grantlands was a spectacular ancestral home that lay on a vast estate, only to be burned to the ground during the ravages of the Civil War. The bygone home is enshrined in rich history. Grantlands property was established in 1807…

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