The First Battle of Murfreesboro at Oaklands Mansion

July 13, 2019, Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, Tennessee The time was 0400, 13 July, 1862. The place was the Maney Plantation, north of the sleepy town of Murfreesborough, Tennessee. Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest used surprise, daring and military genius to surprise and defeated the 9th Michigan in the shadow of Oaklands…

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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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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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Black Southerners in Confederate gray

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 February marks the beginning of Black History Month – a remembrance of important people and events of African American origin that began in 1926. There have been many major contributions to our nation and to our society by black Americans some…

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Local doctor, reenactor starts Civil War round table

The Daily News Journal, August 17, 2003 On a trip to Ohio several years ago, Dr. George Smith of Murfreesboro learned a valuable history lesson. “I learned that Murfreesboro had two black regiments, the 13th and the 17th, during the Civil War.”  Says Smith, who was recently elected president of…

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