The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission held the 2011 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial signature event called “Civil War in the Borderland” on Sept. 6-7 at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.
“It was a wonderful event,” said Heritage Alliance member Rachel Killebrew. “They did a wonderful job. It was very informative.”
The goal of the commission is to educate the public, promote the commemoration, and preserve the lands and legacies of the Civil War by engaging individuals and communities in an accurate and inclusive portrayal of Tennessee’s contributions to the Civil War.
The keynote scholar address came from Dr. Charles Faulkner Bryan Jr., former president and CEO Virginia Historical Society, who presented the Civil War in East Tennessee. Bryan is a native of McMinnville, a distinguished military graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, holds a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee, and is the son of the famous composer Charles Faulkner Bryan Sr.
In 2008, Dr. Bryan was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from Randolph-Macon College. He served two years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army and has had an illustrious career as a teacher, adjunct professor, published author, lecturer and president and CEO of Virginia Historical Society.
Currently, he serves on numerous boards including the Smithsonian’s National Museum. In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly publicly honored Bryan in a joint resolution for his "many years of distinguished service and his outstanding contributions to scholarship.”
He is a member of the Rotary Club of Richmond and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a husband, a father and a grandfather and has many friends still in McMinnville.
In attendance at the event were Heritage Alliance members Mary Robbins, Carla King, Jimmy Haley and Killebrew, as well as Pat Bigbee, Bette Myers and Bob Brown.