For Duty and Honor: Tennessee's Mexican War Experience | Sunday Lecture with Dr. Tim Johnson

@ East Tennessee History Center
East Tennessee History Center
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:00am to Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:45am

Dr. Tim Johnson, professor of history at Lipscomb University, will discuss the Mexican War (1846-1848), its causes, legacy, and the role of Tennesseans. With the outbreak of the war, Tennesseans responded in such numbers that state officials were forced to resort to a lottery to select the 6,000 to serve. The response solidified Tennessee's reputation as the "Volunteer State," a nickname initially won during the War of 1812. Dr. Johnson has devoted decades to researching and writing about the leaders, soldiers, and battles of the Mexican War. In 2017, he was part of a team working to confirm the identity of bodies returned to the U.S. from Mexico and is currently trying to determine if any of them were Tennesseans. A book signing will follow the program.

The program is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and is and free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824.