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Posted on: February 10, 2023

Fort Defiance to host the Surrender of Clarksville event

Surrender of Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Defiance Interpretive Center will host a living history event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, to commemorate the surrender of Fort Defiance to Union soldiers in 1862.

The surrender of Clarksville was a significant event in Civil War history, opening the South to Union forces and the capture of Nashville. Uniformed soldiers will provide living history and cannon firing demonstrations. Visitors are invited to tour the permanent exhibit and view the film, “Crossroads of Change.”

”The surrender event is one of the biggest and oldest annual events at Fort Defiance,” said Roxanne Jenkins, Associate Historical Interpreter At Fort Defiance. “There will be something for everyone to enjoy. The movie "Crossroads of Change" provides the unique perspective of an eye witness account to this time in the city's history.

This is a free event that is open to the public. Activities and demonstrations will be inside the Interpretive Center and outdoors.

For information about Fort Defiance, visit or call 931-645-7476.

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