CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – During the Civil War, many former male slaves in the Clarksville area signed up to fight for their freedom as part of the Union Army. They were known as the United States Colored Troops.
Fort Defiance will host members of the Mount Olive Cemetery Preservation Society at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, and they will share biographies of some of these brave men who risked their lives to fight for freedom. The presentation of the biographies will begin at 1 p.m. and refreshments will be served afterward.
In addition, members of the society will provide guided tours of the cemetery for those who are interested after the presentation.
This is a free event that is open to the public.
For information about Fort Defiance visit ClarksvilleParkRec.com or call 931-645-7476.
About Fort Defiance
The Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan Street, 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.