Now, with the 150th anniversary of the conflict less than a year away, state historians are asking Tennesseans to dig into their family heirlooms and share the Civil War mementos in a unique online archive.
"This state was one of the central battlegrounds of the war," said Wayne Moore, assistant state archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Many of the families who made it through the war passed down mementos to their descendants. "People have stuff in their homes a lot of times that have never been seen by the public."
You can read more in an article by Jennifer Brooks in the Tennessean web site at http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100715/NEWS01/7150337/Tennesseans+asked+to+share+heirlooms+from+Civil+War