In 1914 and 1915, and again in 1920, veterans of the Civil War who resided in Tennessee were sent questionnaires that gathered biographical data and stories about the experiences of the veterans before, during and after the war. Some men who had served in Tennessee units but who then lived in other states also responded to the surveys. The five volumes of The Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires, housed in the Unicoi County Public Library History Room, preserve this priceless information.
Once again the State of Tennessee is giving its veterans a chance to document and preserve their experiences. The men and women who served their country in Korea and Vietnam are invited to participate in separate online surveys at www.tn.gov/tsla/VetsProject/KOREANwar (or www.tn.gov/tsla/VetsProject/VIETNAMwar). Veterans who would prefer to set pen to paper can mail a questionnaire request to:
Tennessee Remembers: Korean War Veterans (or Vietnam Veterans)
Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is also accepting donations of original material concerning the Korean and Vietnam Wars for inclusion in their “Tennessee Remembers” projects. Letters, photographs, film, audiotapes, maps, artifacts and all other kinds of original material relating to these conflicts are being sought. Professional archivists and conservators will preserve the materials for the benefit of future generations and organize them so they are accessible for research by the public.
Our veterans were participants in our nation’s history. The Tennessee State Library and Archives wants to preserve their unique perspective. More information, as well as assistance taking the online questionnaire, can be had by calling the Unicoi County Public Library at (423)743-6533.