Civil War Days at Nathan Bedford State Forest


EVA: It’s never too early to plan for Civil War Days, coming to Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park in Eva, Tennessee. The event will be held November 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Each year near the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville, in commemoration of this historic battle, there will be artillery, infantry, cavalry, and civilian life demonstrations taking place at Eva Beach Day Use Area and at the Ballfield. Friday will be our School Day and all schools are invited to participate. Saturday will be the main event. Both days are open to the general public.

Bedford Forrest and Johnsonville State Historic Parks sit on opposite banks of the Tennessee River to the west of Nashville. These two parks, manned by opposing sides in America’s Civil War, provide a perfect backdrop for understanding one of the most defining conflicts in our country’s history.

“Civil War Days” to honor the anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. In this battle, Confederate forces under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest crossed the Tennessee River and attacked the fortification at Johnsonville. To mark the occasion, the parks will fire volleys across the water from artillery stationed on the bank. Infantry, cavalry and civilian demonstrations will help visitors understand and connect with the Civil War.

For more information, call  (731) 584-6356. The park is located at 1825 Pilot Knob Road in Eva.




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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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