Shelbyville In The Middle

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“Shelbyville In The Middle”

Civil War Sesquicentennial 1863

June 22nd and June 23rd

Mark your calendars for June 22 and June 23. It all begins in Shelbyville, Tennessee, at the H. V. Griffin city park, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturday, June 22, and from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Sunday, June 23. This first time walking history event for our city commemorates the sesquicentennial (150th) celebration of the city’s modest involvement in what historians are calling the Tullahoma campaign. The Civil War or War For Southern Independence had a dramatic affect on Tennessee, and probably more on Shelbyville and Bedford County.

Shelbyville In The Middle is the result of  the efforts of the city of Shelbyville Parks & Recreation department, & our SCV Sumner A. Cunningham Camp #1620.

Some examples of the many events planned are:

Flags of the Period (Presentation & Flag Displays)

Confederate & Union Infantry, Calvary, and Artillery Encampments    

Civilian Refugee Camps

Children’s Games

*Musicians (Coleman’s Scouts, Ross Moore, Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra) with the Flat Creek Contra Dancers-

*Artisans/Crafters such as Spinners (Fleece On The Duck Fiber Guild), Weavers, Quilters, and more…

**Also a Sunday 1 PM 1863 church service will be conducted by Loyd Warren (June 23rd).**

This is THE EVENT for the Summer in Shelbyville, Tennessee!

Bring your friends, family, and church groups!



In memory of Pvt. George Dance


George Dance was in a picture that was made before 1914 at the Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, courthouse.  In it a number of elderly men were posing for a reunion for the area Confederate Veterans.  Other pictures from around 1900 taken from Gen’l N.B. Forrest’s Escort reunion, again reveal George Dance with his fellow Vets.  For some people these pictures are a problem.  For SCV members it is not!  A check with a genealogical online service indicates George Dance was a Confederate Veteran.  He was obviously at a reunion with his veteran comrades.  He had applied for a Confederate pension number C46 in Moore County, Tennessee, having served in the 8th TN Infantry, CSA. Oh yes, why is this a problem to some?  George Dance is black. Was George a free black when the uncivil war broke out?  Currently no information is available and more importantly, does it matter?

George Dance was born Jan 1, 1842 and died Nov. 12, 1924. This information was obtained from the photograph that also contained the dates of birth and death of the other men.  Presently, very little is known about George Dance. The state of Tennessee census records of 1891, page 27, indicates he in District 1 as a registered male voter. He, his wife America, and their three children are in the 1880 U.S. census of Moore County. He is listed as a farmer and she as keeping house. All are listed as being born in Tennessee. Next he was found in the 1910 U.S. census of Moore County as widowed, employed in a grist mill, and a survivor of the war. The census does indicate he said he was born in Alabama.  He is next found in the 1920 U.S. census of Moore County as widowed, not employed, and living with a son and family.  A granddaughter is named America. Again it states he was born in Alabama.  There is a state of Tennessee record of marriage in Moore County,  between George Dance and Maggie Travis, of 11 Dec. 1873.  Could she possibly be Maggie America Travis?

George Dance back row center

Picture with George Dance taken next to Moore County Courthouse, Tennessee, before 1914

Forrest Escort Renunion Lynchburg TN abt 1900

Forrest Escort Renunion Lynchburg TN abt 1900

Another view Forrest Escort Reunion abt 1900

Another View Forrest Escort Reunion abt 1900

Arguments concerning the role that blacks played in the Confederate army continue to this day.  Pundits still contend the degree of contributions make by blacks, in addition to disputing the actual numbers of those freed men or slaves who served gallantly with their white southern allies. With the surviving documents, veteran’s personal accounts and affidavits, official records, and periodicals, it is remarkable that many want to ‘cover up’ or just deny that southern blacks would serve in, and later be proud of participating in the Confederate army.

Willow Mount Walking Tour of 30 April

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On 30 Apr 2011 SCV Camp#1620 conducted a historical walking tour in the Willow Mount cemetery.  Dressed mostly in War Between the States (Civil War) period costumes of military and civilians, our camp re-enactors and historians represented a variety persons buried in Willow Mount.

Willow Mount 30 Apr 20111 walking tour

Willow Mount Walking Tour

This tour is planned as a twice a year fund raiser for our camp,  and a fall  tour is expected sometime in late late Sept-early Nov.