City, church grew up in shadow of each other

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, May 22, 2011 Wartime destruction or devastating tornadoes could not keep the doors shut at Murfreesboro’s historic First Presbyterian Church. Murfreesboro, the name, came before formation of First Presbyterian, but barely.  “When Capt. William Lytle donated 60 acres for downtown from the 1,200-acre grant ordered…

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A Nation Divided—The Quest for Freedom

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, May 18, 2011 A workshop designed to discuss African-American community building in the post-Civil War South will be held Tuesday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center located at 415 S. Academy Street…

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High School Frats Focused on Dancing

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 15, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society It was about fellowship, but mostly it was the dances. The Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega was the first high school fraternity in Rutherford County.  The national SPO organization was…

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Civil war sniper rifle on display Tuesday

The Murfreesboro Post, May 9, 2011 A rare public display of a prolific Civil War instrument of death, to wit, a sniper’s rifle is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Rutherford County Court House. Area residents will have an opportunity to view, at no charge, when Circuit Judge Ben…

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Carmack Never found his Place of Purpose

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 1, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Edward Ward (“Ned”) Carmack, Jr. was heir to a prominent political legacy.  He was also a self-proclaimed killer that no one believed and a businessman with a history of repeated failure.…

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This Cruel War

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Dan Whittle, Post Columnist, April 14, 2011 On April 12, 1861, shots rang out across the harbor at Charleston, S.C., signaling the official start of the Civil War when the Confederacy fired on Ft. Sumter. It was almost year before the war reached Rutherford…

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Junior Ranger Day at battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, April 14, 2011 On Saturday, April 23, park rangers and volunteers invite young visitors and their families to Stones River National Battlefield to celebrate Junior Ranger Day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all children ages 6 and up will have the chance to participate in special…

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Fan’s Laughed at his Name, Liked his Name

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, April 3, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Johnny Beverley Gooch, born November 9, 1897 in Smyrna, was a victim of Murderers’ Row in 1927.  In 1942 the government took the family’s historic home. The first Rutherford County native…

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WHITTLE: Civil War sniper rifle dealt death to Yankees

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Dan Whittle, Post Columnist, April 3, 2011 It’s a rifle with a record. A deadly record with a long trail of blood-letting by a civilian Confederate-sympathizing West Tennessee sniper who waged “vengeance kills” on Yankee soldiers stemming from the decapitated heads of two of…

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Sgt. York’s son recalls humble hero of war

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, April 3, 2011 The most famous soldier of World War I, Tennessee born and bred Sgt. Alvin C. York, was a reluctant fighter and a humble hero. Yet most Volunteer State residents might be surprised to know his most personal legacy was…

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Bike the battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, March 29, 2011 Stones River National Battlefield will present ranger guided bicycle tours of Stones River National Battlefield at 9 a.m. Saturdays from April 2 through Oct. 29. Get healthy exercise, reduce your carbon footprint, and learn about the major Civil War battle that occurred here in…

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Tennessee unveils Civil War 150th anniversary License Plate

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, March 8, 2011 NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is pleased to announce the official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary License Plate. Sponsored by the nonprofit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee…

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Stone’s River: ‘History Channel’ before television

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, March 6, 2011 By Dan Whittle Want to trace the history of your community?  Follow the channel! Middle Tennessee historian Toby Francis recently floated Friends of Long Hunter State Park (nature park preservation group) back in time, tracing the impact of the “Stone’s…

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Searching for the Past

The Daily News Journal, February 27, 2011 Rutherford County’s Archivist John Lodl pushed through the underbrush on a warm winter’s morning to discover a long-lost gravestone staring back at him slightly cock eyed. The stone is part of an equally long-lost cemetery hidden in a cedar glade off Manchester Highway near…

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Yankee Captain Found Opportunity Here

As published by the Daily news Journal, Sunday, February 20, 2011 By Greg Tucker, gregorytucker@bellsouth.net This Yankee came south to quell the rebellion.  Seriously wounded at Stones River, he  recuperated in a local home.  After the war he  returned to Rutherford to make it his home.  He also made a…

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Maneuvers help win war on Western Front

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, February 20, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the second in a two part series on Middle Tennessee’s role in training soldiers for World War II. During World War II in the U.S.A., life on the homefront meant ration books, victory gardens and…

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New book details WWII maneuvers in Rutherford County

Ken Beck, KBTAG@AOL.com, The Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, February 13, 2011 During World War II in the U.S.A., life on the home front meant ration books, victory gardens and scrap drives, but there was a lot more going on around Murfreesboro. In Rutherford and other nearby counties it meant thousands of…

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New book details WWII maneuvers in TN, RuCo

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, February 13, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the first in a two part series on Middle Tennessee’s role in training soldiers for World War II. During World War II in the U.S.A., life on the homefront meant ration books, victory gardens and…

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‘Boro celebrates 200 years

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, February 12, 2011 When the Tennessee Legislature agreed on Oct. 17, 1811 to establish Rutherford County’s seat near where Lytle and Town creeks meet, few dreamed it would become the metropolis it has become. Yet change it did, becoming known as Murfreesborough the next…

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Genteel lifestyle depended on ‘Duskies’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society There was a vast social distance between the wealthy Rutherford County upper class of the 1900s and the slave descendants of the period,  but the practical relationships were close and often…

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