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The Scene of a Winter Battle

The Union army was defeated at Fredricksburg, Virginia in mid December 1862.  President Lincoln needed a victory to bolster the north and the Emancipation Proclamation…

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The Story of Daddy Bryson

His name was Daddy Bryson…and he became one of the best-known train engineers in the Smoky Mountains…not because of his skill on the rails, but…

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Logging to Create A Park

Visitors to Smoky Mountain National Park can wander miles of trails that meander through endless forests.  It wasn’t that long ago many of these forests…

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The Circle From the Ryan

If you’ve ever been to the Grand Ole Opry, you have seen a circular piece of wood that’s been inserted into the stage.  The circle…

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The Union Gospel Tabernacle

It was one of the largest venues in the nation when it was constructed – Union Gospel Tabernacle.  But just about a decade after it…

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What Started As A Tent Revival

You’ve probably not heard of the evangelist, Samuel Jones.  However, there’s a decent chance you know at least the last name of the man determined…

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Rough Around the Edges

Tom was quite the entrepreneur.  He built a great steamboat line and became quite wealthy.  But he was also a bit rough around the edges,…

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A Boy Named Sue

You’ve probably heard of a boy named Sue thanks to Johnny Cash.  But was there really a boy named Sue?  The answer is yes, and…

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A Trial that Captivated the Nation

Imagine a packed crowd in a sweltering courtroom.  Refreshment vendor are allowed inside during recesses and chimps perform on the lawn outside.  It was a…

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John Scopes on Trial

His last name is forever linked to one of the most publicized trial in American history.  It was John Scopes that probably did not teach…

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Bringing a Trial to Town

Cities might devise many plans to help increase commerce and spur business growth.  Bringing a trial to your town would seem to be an odd…

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Scenic Route – Rippa Villa Plantation

You’ve heard of marriages arranged because the bride and groom have certain cherished last names? How about marriages arranged based on a bride’s first name?…

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Two Times A Prisoner of War

Imagine being taken a prisoner of war, not once but twice and while you were away from home, the opposing army used your house to…

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Not Thrilled With a Choice of Spouse

There are times when a family is not thrilled with a son’s choice of a spouse.  There may be many reasons for their displeasure, but…

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The Sheriff Bufford Pusser Festival

This weekend in Adamsville, Tennessee, the annual Sheriff Bufford Pusser Festival will be held.  It’s the 25th such event and people from far and wide…

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Carrying a Stick Instead of a Weapon

This week we’re in Adamsville, Tennessee, former home of famous lawman Bufford Pusser.  The famous lawman from Walking Tall was known for carrying a stick…

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The Life of Sheriff Buford Pusser

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Walking Tall” then you know part of the story of Sheriff Buford Pusser.  He was a man who could…

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The Bus Line of the 1800s

You could say it was the bus line of the 1800s.  A network of transportation that could take you just about anywhere a person needed…

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Beefing Up the Hulls of Ships

Necessity is the mother of invention.  When the Civil War began, it was relatively easy to sink wooden ships, so both sides immediately began beefing…

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Shiloh National Battlefield

Each year, thousands of people will travel to southern Tennessee to see the famous national battleground at Shiloh.  What most people don’t know is that…

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