This weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Clarksville during the Civil War.
Hundreds of people reportedly flocked to the city’s Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center Sunday and commemorated the occasion.
According to local historians, the surrender of the city was a momentous occasion in the war, which they believe protected the city from being ravaged, unlike other Southern cities.
Historical Interpreter William Parker says Sunday’s commemoration was very important.
And educating the public about the nation’s bloodiest battle is the main theme at the interpretive center.
Confederate troops built Fort Defiance to reportedly defend the river approach to Clarksville, but in February 1862, the fort was captured by Union forces and was renamed and occupied for the rest of the war.