Tennessee earned the nickname “the Volunteer State” by sending 2,000 willing soldiers to fight in the War of 1812. Now a new exhibit at the Tennessee State Library and Archives chronicles the exploits of those soldiers – as well as other Tennesseans who have served in the military before and since.
This new exhibit, titled The Volunteer State Goes to War: A Salute to Tennessee Veterans, covers everything from the veterans of the Revolutionary War who helped found our state to Tennessee men and women serving in the military today.
The exhibit showcases the experiences of the state’s veterans and tells the stories of how ordinary men and women made America a better place through their courage and perseverance.
Featured items include the World War I photographs of Luke Lea, a former U.S. Senator and founder of the Tennessean newspaper; a letter from George Washington to future Tennessean Colonel Meigs; and a resolution commemorating the firing of the first shot in the Spanish-American War by the U. S. S. Nashville.
The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State.
“It is very important to celebrate the victories and acknowledge the sacrifices of those Tennesseans who have served in the military to protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I hope as many people as possible will come to Nashville to see this exhibit and be reminded of the bravery and honor of Tennessee’s veterans and active duty military personnel.”
This exhibit will be available for viewing in the lobby of the State Library and Archives building from December through the end of April. The building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville, adjacent to the State Capitol.
The State Library and Archives is open Mondays through Saturdays, with the exception of state holidays, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking is available in front, on the side and in the rear of the building. The exhibit is free and open to the public.