Military History Abounds in Clarksville, Tennessee


Rich military history is the backbone of your Clarksville retreat that spans from the Civil War era through modern conflicts. Whether you travel the Civil War trail or help honor today’s veterans, we welcome you to explore the depth of our roots in Clarksville, Tennessee.

One of the longest “occupied” towns in the western theatre of the war, Clarksville’s Civil War history is filled with emotions – fear, love, suspicion, anger and hope – as recorded in personal journals, letters, newspapers and photographs. Travel the 24-site Civil War Journey to seek your own answers and understanding of this turbulent era in America’s history.

Don’t miss the remarkably well preserved, Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center featuring discernible outer earthworks, a powder magazine and gun platforms from the site chosen by Confederate troops to defend the river approach to Clarksville. Captured in February 1862 and renamed Fort Bruce, the site was occupied for the remainder of the war. Or, glimpse into mid 19th century life of Early European and African American settlers at Historic Collinsville. This living history museum features 18 restored log homes and outbuildings with authentic period artifacts, all situated on 40 breathtaking rolling acres.

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Covering the early 1940’s to present, see “Brass Hat”—a fully restored C-47 aircraft resembling the plane used to carry the division commander, Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, into Normandy during World War II at the Don F. Pratt Museum. Located on Fort Campbell, the extensive museum thematically covers the history of the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles.” See memorabilia from the museum’s namesake Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt and much more. Reservations are required for guided tours. For more information visit:

Be moved and forever impacted by the opportunity to personally thank and extend gratitude to our nation’s once forgotten Vietnam Veterans. Visit Clarksville on September 15 to include the Welcome Home Vietnam – American Veterans Parade on your itinerary. Parade Marshall Lee Greenwood leads the “Welcome Home” celebration that is open to veterans of all conflicts consistent with the Vietnam Veterans of America’s charge that “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another!” 


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