The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.
Civil War News
UT Libraries will commemorate the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders, the 1863 climactic clash in the siege of Knoxville during the Civil War, with a lecture Thursday, November 14, by Tracy McKenzie, author of the authoritative book on the subject, Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War.
A newly uncovered Civil War battle site on the land known as Morgan Hill on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus will be honored as the land around it is put to use as sorority housing. The site, which consists of Confederate cannon emplacements and trenches facing the Fort Sanders area, was uncovered during archaeological surveys of the area prior to preparing the land for construction of UT’s Sorority Village.
The News Sentinel ran this front-page story on a UT Libraries project to scan, digitize and post online the Civil War diary of Henry Pippitt, who was in a Union Army regiment that fought battles around Nashville as well as in other states.
The latest addition to the University of Tennessee Libraries’ digital collections provides an intimate look into the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Three journals kept by Union soldier Henry Pippitt describe life in Company G of the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which fought in battles in Nashville and Franklin, Tenn., during the American Civil War.