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Follow a General’s Movements during the American Civil War

A new interactive map of the John T. Wilder Civil War Correspondence and Papers digital collection allows researchers to follow Brigadier General Wilder’s movements from 1861 to 1865. The digital collection contains correspondence and military records regarding Brigadier General Wilder’s service in the Union Army during the American Civil War from 1861-1865 as well as personal correspondence and papers dating from 1865 to 1937. About General Wilder John T. Wilder

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Tennessee Thanksgiving Proclamation

On this day in history 147 years ago, William G. Brownlaw, Governor of Tennessee proclaimed Thursday, the 29th day of November “be set apart and observed as a day of thanksgiving.” We’re Closed Please note that Special Collections & University Archives will be closed in celebration of the holiday from November 28 to November 30, 2013. Happy Thanksgiving! For more information about library closures, visit Library Hours. Source Ann

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Happy Birthday Emma Bell Miles

Born 134 years ago on October 19, 1879, Emma Bell Miles was one of Southern Appalachia’s earliest naturalists.  Also an artist, poet, and writer, Emma Bell Miles lived on Walden’s Ridge, near today’s town of Signal Mountain, for most of her adult life.  Although her husband, Frank Miles, was a hard worker, he had trouble finding paying work on Walden’s Ridge, so the task of earning money fell on

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No Yellow Fever Here

135 years ago this month, Chattanooga businessmen assembled in City Hall to refute the “False and Malicious Reports” of yellow fever. The Chattanooga Board of Health confirmed the claim that the city did not suffer from an outbreak of yellow fever, “Two deaths from Yellow Fever have occurred here [in the state of Tennessee] within the past month. Both were Memphis people and left that city after the outbreak

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