1st Wisconsin Union soldier writes from Columbia after the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862)

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Michael D. Goca (Co. C, 1st Wisconsin Infantry) writes to his parents on 6/17/62 pertaining to a soldier George Putnam (Co. C, 55th Illinois Infantry) taken prisoner at the Battle of Pittsburg Landing.  On beautiful patriotic letterhead, from Columbia, Tennessee. Goca was from Waterford, Wisconsin when he enlisted as a private on 9/3/61.  He mustered out in Milwaukee on 10/13/64. He saw action ...
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Join us for next membership meeting (Sept 18) at beautiful historic St. John’s Church

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Our September membership meeting, Sept 18,  will be in one of our most treasured resources, St. John’s Episcopal Church. The church is located five miles south of Columbia on the Mt. Pleasant Pike and is easily accessible through Google Maps. Dawson Grey will be our guest speaker. Grey will provide details on the historical significance of St. John’s as well as history on the cemetery’s cultural l...
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2106 Rose Hill cemetery Civil War Trails Marker dedication Ceremony

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From right to left: Becky Leifheit, Asst. Director of the Maury County CVB; Dr. Stacey Graham, Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU; Tennessee Tourism Commissioner, Kevin Tripplett; Legislative Liaison, Lee Curtis, from Tennessee Dept of Tourist Development; Teresa Prober, South Central Historic Preservation Office; Jo Ann McClellan, African American Heritage Society of Maury County; Ra...
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The June 2016 Historic Maury Journal is now out, Vol 52, No 2

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The June 2016 Historic Maury Journal is now out, Vol 52, No 2. Content in this issue includes: The Polk Celebrates 200 Years Trails & Tourism: Discovering Maury County's Civil War History through Power and Place 2016 Historical Preservation Awards Nomination Form USNS Maury: Lasting Legacy of Commander Matthew F. Maury
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March 2015 issue of Historic Maury (Vol 51, No. 1)

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Our journal – Historic Maury – is published four times a year Vol. 51, No. 2 – June 2015 Tags for this issue: James K. Polk | Sarah Polk | Polk Home | Sugar Chests | Columbia town plots | Public jail | Courthouse | Columbia's First Bank | Judge Hugh Lawson White | Bank notes | First Bank of Tennessee | Second Bank of Tennessee | Third Bank of Tennessee | Duck River | Grandmother's Bluffs ...
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The Ewell Farm

Ewell Farm
Ewell Farm Spring Hill Battlefield On a knoll just southwest of the railroad depot is the antebellum home of the widow Lizinka Brown. Her son, Campbell Brown was a staff officer with Confederate General Richard S. Ewell of the Army of Northern Virginia. Ewell and Mrs. Brown married in 1863 and returned here at the end of the war. Ewell became a quiet farmer and made several contributions to ag...
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Behind-the-scenes look of St. John’s Church

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  St. John’s is famous for what Confederate General Patrick R. Cleburne is supposed to have said about it in late November 1864 when he was passing it, on the way to Franklin just days later. He is supposed to have remarked to aides something to the effect, “This church is such lovely place. One would almost wish to die so one could be buried here.” Cleburne would indeed lose his life just...
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African-American Heritage Society of Maury County gets great coverage in the Daily Herald

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Great coverage by the Columbia Daily Herald on the African American Heritage Society of Maury County, Tennessee's marker dedication ceremony yesterday at the First Baptist Church. There was a great turnout by community leaders and citizens. We must do everything to encourage an inclusive story of our shared past. This marker is a visible reminder of what happened on the landscape and tells a power...
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Headstones for Civil War soldiers funded by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs

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The Dept. of Veteran's Affairs funds headstones for Civil War Confederate and Federal soldiers with known descendants. However, when there are no known descendants, family, or information regarding Civil War burials, it's up to local GAR and SCV chapters to find the funding. This local group plans to mark graves of previously unknown Civil War soldiers this Saturday. The Maury County Historica...
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