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114 East Main Street Linden TN 37096

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The Civil War impacted Perry County in much the same way as the rest of the United States east of the Mississippi in that the local population experienced division in sentiment to both the Union and the Confederacy. When Tennessee seceded from the Union, the county first organized about six hundred Confederate troops. Later two hundred men joined the Union Army. In 1863 one hundred twenty Confederate soldiers had command of the post of Linden.

  Up and down the Tennessee River, major battles were fought for control of this water way and the adjacent towns. A few miles south of here, an amphibious attack on Linden, Tennessee, occurred May 12, 1863. United States Navy gunboats ferried a force of Union Calvary men to the eastern shore of the Tennessee River. The Calvary attacked the town of Linden at dawn, surprising the residents and confederate forces. Forty prisoners, fifty horses and two wagons were captured and the Courthouse was burned. The amphibious attack signified a new tactic developed during the Civil War.

Make the Commodore Hotel and Linden the "base camp" for your Civil War Touring Adventure......Follow the links below to explore the many fascinating areas close by.....

Shiloh National Military Park
Shiloh TN 38376


The first large-scale battle of the war was fought here near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River April 6-7, 1862. The Confederate Army of the Mississippi led by Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, marching north from Corinth, Ms, managed to surprise U.S. Grant’s Union army camped near the landing. The early-morning Confederate attack April 6 overran the Northern camps and forced the stunned Union army back toward the river. Stubborn resistance at places such as the Hornet’s Nest and the disorganization of the attackers staved off a Union disaster. During the fighting that first day, Johnston, regarded by many as the best Southern general, was killed. The Confederates, now under Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, renewed the attack the next day, but timely Union reinforcements helped turn the battle around. Federal counterattacks swept the Confederates from the field and back to Corinth.
The battlefield park here is perhaps the best preserved in the country. A driving tour takes visitors past the site of such landmarks as the Bloody Pond, Hornet’s Nest, Peach Orchard and the site of Shiloh Church.
Park open dawn to dusk daily. Visitor center open 8 am-5 pm daily. $3/adults, $5 families.


Salem Cemetery Battlefield

Cotton Grove Road
Madison County
Jackson, TN

Unaware of the deadly ambush that lay ahead, General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry column rode south down Cotton Grove Road toward Jackson on the morning of December 19, 1862. Federal troops lie just over the crest of the ridges on both sides of the road. When the head of the column reached a large oak tree next to the road, the Federals loosed a deadly volley killing or wounding both men and horses.


Johnsonville State Historic Park

90 Redoubt Lane
New Johnsonville, TN 37134
Office: 931-535-2789
Fax: 931-535-3776

Confederate Gen. N.B. Forrest attacked a large Union supply base here on the east bank of the Tennessee River Nov. 4–5, 1864, hoping to disrupt Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s activities in Georgia. Forrest set up artillery on the west bank of the river and bombarded the base. Union gunboats in the river, attempting to return fire, were disabled by Forrest’s well-placed guns. A fire started by Federal soldiers quickly got out of hand, eventually destroying $2.2 million in supplies. Forrest’s success did little to slow Sherman, however, who began his famous “March to the Sea” shortly afterward. Earthworks that once protected the base are preserved and open to the public. Site open 8 am–sunset. Hiking trail through historic area.


Tennessee River Museum
495 Main St., Savannah TN 38372
800 522-FUNN

Excellent Civil War exhibits are one of the highlights of this well-done museum tracing the history of the Tennessee River. Artifacts relating to the Shiloh battlefield and other Civil War items are on display.
Open Monday–Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. $2/adults.

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