Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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Historic Farm Venue for The Summer Party

MURFREESBORO, DNJ — From the second-floor picture window of the historic Tarpley home in Walter Hill, Bev MacSherry looked out toward West Jefferson Pike and said, “Can’t you just see those Civil War soldiers,  battered and weary, trudging that path?” Indeed, it isn’t hard to imagine.  The view is authentic,…

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Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

The Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011 Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865. Saul Levitt based his play on the…

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Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011 Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865. Saul Levitt based his…

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County Agrees on Courthouse Demolition

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 30, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “Now how about a better courthouse,” headlined the Rutherford Courier in April 1937. Focusing on the Depression Era square, the local newspaper observed: “A bare, worn, dusty surface is what we…

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Happy Birthday, Murfreesboro!

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ashley Guck, Special to the Post, May 29, 2011 Murfreesboro is having a big – really big – birthday party beginning in October. Consider this your personal invitation. In celebration of the city’s bicentennial, the city council is planning a 13-month long string of…

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The ‘Unsinkable’ Mary Kate

The Murfreesboro Post, May 29, 2011 Confederate Spy ‘Kate’ Weaved In and Out of Mid-Tenn Union Camps “The Unsinkable Mary Kate” was not a Civil War battle ship. La Vergne resident Mary Kate Patterson, who had the audacity and courage to take on multiple personalities and appearances, is credited with…

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Battlefield’s Memorial Day events

The Murfreesboro Post, May 26, 2011 Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery will hold a series of events to commemorate Memorial Day in 2011. On Saturday May 28 at 10 a.m., local scouting groups are invited to assist in placing flags on more than 7,000 headstones in the Stones River…

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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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