Murfreesboro – In a very real way, soldiers fought the Civil War on the fields and farms of Tennessee. Only Virginia saw more battles. So it makes sense that during a year that marks the 150 anniversary of the start of the Civil War, one of the biggest “War Between the States” reunions would take place here.
Beginning this Wednesday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will host their annual reunion at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro. Over 1,000 Civil War buffs from across the United States are expected to gather for a four-day event that ends on Saturday.
Part of the celebration on Saturday will include a living history event reenacting Nathan Bedford Forrest’s surrender of the Forrest Raid at the historic Oaklands House.
In December 1864, during the disastrous Franklin-Nashville Campaign, he fought alongside General John Bell Hood, the newest (and last) commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee in the Second Battle of Franklin. Forrest argued bitterly with Hood (his superior officer) demanding permission to cross the river and cut off the escape route of Union Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s army. He made the attempt but was defeated.
After his bloody defeat at Franklin, Hood continued to Nashville, while Forrest led an independent raid against the Murfreesboro garrison. Forrest engaged Union forces near Murfreesboro on December 5, 1864, and was soundly defeated at what would be known as the Third Battle of Murfreesboro.
Both events are free and open to the public. The reenactment begins at 1 p.m. Oaklands Historic House Museum is located at 900 North Maney Avenue. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located at 1200 Conference Center Blvd.
For more information, call (615) 812-0206.