MTSU book shares Civil War stories of Tennessee Ce...

MTSU book shares Civil War stories of Tennessee Century Farms (VIDEO)

MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation has published a new limited-edition book, “Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories,” to share more statewide history during this 150th anniversary of the conflict that split a nation.

Authors Caneta S. Hankins and the late Michael Thomas Gavin cover the entire state in the new hardcover volume, using the lives of individual farm families to tell about war, the homefront, military occupation and emancipation.

Hankins discussed the book at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County in downtown Murfreesboro Nov. 6.

“Plowshares and Swords,” which is being released as part of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations, includes more than 100 images of Tennessee farms and farm families, many of which have never been published before.

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