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Posted on: February 15, 2022

Fort Defiance to host the Surrender of Clarksville event

Fort Defiance

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Defiance Interpretive Center will host a living history event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, to commemorate the surrender of Fort Defiance to Union soldiers in 1862.

The surrender of Clarksville was a significant event in Civil War history, opening the South to Union forces and the capture of Nashville. Uniformed soldiers will provide living history and cannon firing demonstrations. Visitors are invited to tour the permanent exhibit and view the film, “Crossroads of Change.”

“This yearly event is always special but even more so this year as the event is taking place on the true date of the surrender of Clarksville,” said William Parker, Historical Interpreter at Fort Defiance. “February 19 will be exactly 160 years ago that the Union forces captured Clarksville from the  Confederates.”

This is a free event that is open to the public. Activities and demonstrations will be inside the Interpretive Center and outdoors.

For information about Fort Defiance, visit ClarksvilleParkRec.com or call 931-645-7476.


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