Registration is open for Tennessee’s 2013 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event which remembers the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga. Titled “Occupation and Liberation,” the commemoration will take place Oct. 9-12, 2013 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and surrounding historic sites and will feature educational symposiums, book signings, special speaker-led ticketed tours and entertainment.
The three-day event kicks off Oct. 9 with the Looking Back Project hosted by Tennessee State Library and Archives followed by a teacher’s workshop “Teaching Occupation and Liberation” on Oct. 10, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation. Amy Murrell Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of history at University of Kentucky, will provide the keynote address, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.
The Official 150th Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Oct. 11 and will include special guests, battlefield preservation-related announcements and musical performances. The ceremony will be followed by a forum with America’s foremost historians on the Battles for Chattanooga, living history demonstrations and a Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battles for Chattanooga.
Symposium sessions continue Oct. 12. Topics include “Military Strategy in the Civil War” and “Civil War Commemoration and Memorialization.”
All Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sponsored events are free and open to the public.