Fort Defiance announces living history events

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CLARKSVILLE: A community favorite, Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, offers a variety of events. Festivities are free of charge and diverse, offering something for visitors of all ages looking to have a great time at one of Clarksville’s most treasured historic sites.

  • Clarksville’s United States Colored Troops‐ 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17:  As part of the  community’s celebration of Black History Month, members of the Mount Olive Cemetery Preservation Society will share biographies of men who joined the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War and are now buried at Mount Olive. Members of the society will provide guided tours of the cemetery  (weather permitting).

  • The Surrender of Clarksville ‐ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24: This event commemorates the surrender of Fort Defiance to Union soldiers in 1862. Uniformed soldiers will provide living history and cannon firing demonstrations. Visitors are welcome to tour the permanent exhibit and view the award-winning film, “Crossroads of Change.”

All events are free. To find out more, be sure to become a fan or follower on Facebook by searching “Clarksville Parks and Recreation” or call 931-472-3351.

Fort Defiance, 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 eventual 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 and construction of the interpretive center and walking trails began. The more than 1,500-square-foot Center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 45 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. In "retirement," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costumer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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