Liberty Hill bore witness to Trail of Tears, Civil War

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, May 22, 2017 Liberty Hill and Sam Davis Home are two invaluable Civil War structures serving as the quintessence of history in our growing town of Smyrna. With great gratitude for extensive research from Native American historian Pat Cummins, I have assembled a story…

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Harber’s History: McFadden’s Ford was a Civil War travesty

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, December 11, 2016 Every Rutherford County citizen is familiar with McFadden’s Ford, a shallow Stones River crossing in Murfreesboro that was the site of a crucial Civil War combat.  Yet, it is intriguing to revisit this story and seek new discovery.  Jim Lewis, longtime…

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Battlefield chief hanging up his ranger hat

Nancy De Gennaro, Daily News Journal, May 2, 2016 After nearly four decades with the National Park Service, Stones River National Battlefield’s Chief of Operations Gib Backlund hung up his ranger hat to retire.  His official first day of retirement is Monday. He recently sat down with The Daily News Journal to…

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