CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While the events of Fort Donelson and the consequential Surrender of Clarksville in February 1862 are well-documented and etched into the annals of history, a hidden chapter waits to be unveiled. Delve into the intriguing past as we shed light on the lesser-known battle that transpired in September of 1862, just on the outskirts of the city, at Riggins Hill.
Join us for “Clarksville’s Unknown Battle,” an event at Fort Defiance Interpretive Center on August 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. Historical Interpreter, William Parker, will guide us through the events leading up to this long-forgotten skirmish.
"History is full of known and unknown stories. The 'unknown battle' near Clarksville is one such story, deserving to be brought to light,” said Parker.
Delving into the details that have been overshadowed by the more widely known battles, Mr. Parker will bring to life the circumstances that led to the "unknown battle."
This event is open to all members of the public. This is a unique opportunity for history enthusiasts, students, and the general public to come together and gain insight into a crucial yet often overlooked episode from our local history.
About Fort Defiance
The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, is operated by the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department. The fort, which overlooks the confluence of the Red and Cumberland rivers, was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area and an important part of the Union occupation of Clarksville. In 1982, Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz donated the property to the City of Clarksville. In 2008, the City secured a $2.2 million federal grant that was combined with local funding to build the interpretive center and walking trails. The Center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.