Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Author and amateur historian Mark Zimmerman will speak on Saturday, January 21st at Fort Defiance starting at 11:00am. His lecture will detail more about the role Middle Tennessee and Nashville played in the Western Theater and Nashville’s importance in the Civil War.

The event titled, “Fortress Nashville: The Key to Victory in the Western Theater” is based on his recent book, “Fortress Nashville: Pioneers, Engineers, Mechanics, Contrabands & US Colored Troops.” The book was recently named a Top Ten Book of 2022 by Civil War Books and Authors.

Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the American Battlefield Trust, the Battle of Nashville Trust, the Nashville Civil War Round Table, Save the Franklin Battlefield, the Civil War Fortification Study Group, and the Tennessee Squires Association. 

For information about Fort Defiance visit or call 931.645.7476.

About Fort Defiance

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive CenterThe Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center is operated by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.

Fort Defiance, 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 eventual 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 and the process of construction of the interpretive center and walking trails began. The more than 1,500-square-foot Center features exhibits about the local area and the fort during the Civil War.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm during the Spring and Summer.

It is located at 120 Duncan Street, Clarksville, TN.

For more information, visit

About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department OfficeClarksville Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in Clarksville, Montgomery County and Fort Campbell. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement — resulting in a stronger, better community.

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools

The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.

To learn more call 931.645.7476.

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