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UT Martin history professor to explore role of Tennesseans in War of 1812

09-13-2014


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MARTIN, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee at Martin history professor will explore the role Tennesseans played in the War of 1812 in a Sept. 18 presentation in the Paul Meek Library.
Dr. David Coffey, professor and chair of the university’s Department of History and Philosophy, will address “More Than Volunteers: Tennessee and the War of 1812” at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in the J. Houston Gordon Museum’s reading room located in the library.

Coffey will also focus on how the 1812 conflict was a war of expansion and as much an Indian war as a conflict with the British.

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Museum’s exhibit “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812,” which features period artifacts from the era, such as a 7th U.S. infantry soldier’s uniform and a book that was on the USS Constitution, swords, muskets, and other weapons owned by those who fought in the war.

Also on display are a broad variety of documentary art, maps and illustrations that have been selected to recreate a flavor of the times. The exhibit is on view through Oct. 31.
Coffey's presentation and the exhibition are free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately following the Sept. 18 lecture.

For more information about museum hours, directions and parking locations, visit the library’s website at www.utm.edu/library.php or call Samuel Richardson or Karen Elmore at 731-881-7094. For more information about Coffey’s presentation, call Richardson or e-mail him at richardson@utm.edu.

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