Fort Defiance Interpretive Center will hold a living history event Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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 will be invited to tour the permanent exhibit and view the film, “Crossroads of Change.”
It will be 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 clarksvilleparkrec.com or call 931-645-7476.
The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center at 120 Duncan St. 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.