Civil War Families of Tennessee

Recording the state's story—one family at a time

The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you to join the heritage program, Civil War Families of Tennessee (CWFT).  CWFT seeks to identify and honor the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This lineage program will link current descendants with their Civil War ancestors, encourage new research, and combine the experiences of thousands of individuals and families to more fully tell the story of the Civil War in Tennessee.

Direct or collateral descendants of any individual who served in Tennessee during the Civil War—Union or Confederate—are eligible for membership. In order to recognize the service of the many young men who died unwed and without children, CWFT offers membership through collateral descent (service of the brother of a direct ancestor). 

Membership is also open through an ancestor who served elsewhere but lived in Tennessee before, during, or after the war.

CWFT membership is a special investment that will benefit the past, the present, and the future. By entering your ancestor, you will document and pay tribute to his service, while ensuring that his contributions are remembered.

Members Receive Civil War Families of Tennessee Certificate

CWFT members will receive a handsome certificate with the names of the applicant and the ancestor, along with his company and regiment. 

Completed application (available as a download below), proof of lineage, and payment should be mailed to:

Civil War Families of Tennessee
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901

For more information, contact ETHS at 865-215-8824 or by e-mail.