Books, Tennessee’s Confederates
Tennessee initially elected not to join the newly formed CSA. However, with the attack on Fort Sumter and the call for troops to put down the rebellion, Tennessee governor Isham Harris telegrammed Lincoln, “Tennessee will not furnish a single man for the purpose of coercion, but 50,000 if necessary for the defense of our rights and those of our Southern brothers.” In early June 1861, the state voted to secede from the Union and soon joined the Confederacy. Tennessee provided nearly 187,000 men to the Confederate cause serving in 110 regiments and 33 battalions. Tennessee’s Confederates draws upon photographs from the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee Historical Society, and private collections to tell the stories of these soldiers from the Volunteer State.