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Granville Fall Celebration, Civil War marker to be dedicated

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The Granville Fall Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3 will feature the dedication of a Tennessee Civil War Trails marker to honor Col. Sidney Smith Stanton and Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Lee. 

The marker is located on Down Memory Lane between Sutton General Store and Granville Museum. Civil War Trails is a multi-state program that identifies more than 700 Civil War sites. The marker will be dedicated on Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. honoring the two famous Granville soldiers. Immediately following the dedication, a re-enactment of Granville, Tennessee-Oct. 24, 1885 will occur. On this great day a reunion of 5,000 Confederate soldiers assembled in Granville to pay eloquent tributes to the memory of gallant Col. S.S. (Sidney) Stanton of Granville who was killed at Resaga, Ga. on May 13, 1864. He was killed leading a charge on the Union Army. The re-enactors will march up Clover Street to the Halfacre Stage on Memory Lane for the re-enactment. 

At noon, W. Calvin Dickinson will speak on his book “Sister States, Enemy States” at the Halfacre Stage. This book contains a chapter dedicated to Stanton titled “An Interrupted Life.” He will be selling his book and doing a book signing following this talk. 

The Fall Celebration will also feature a Tennessee World War II Maneuvers Re-enactment at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The re-enactment will feature action that took place in Granville during the World War II Maneuvers and you will see first hand a combat battle between two companies. There will also be two World War II Maneuvers programs also at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m.

This historic story of the Granville Maneuvers will come to life as retired Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson, former Executive Director of Tennessee WWII Commemorative Commission, will present “Tennessee Maneuvers,” and Woody McMillen will present “The World War II Era Maneuvers in Tennessee” from a book he is currently writing on the maneuvers. Granville Museum will also have a book to view of local citizens’ memories of the maneuvers as well as pictures of the World War II Maneuvers in Granville.

At 3 p.m., there will be a Veterans Appreciation Service at Granville Veterans Park honoring all Veterans with special recognition of James Fletcher, World War II veteran.

The Fall Celebration will also feature Jazz on the Cumberland, Quilt Festival, Porches & Quilts Storytelling, Blacksmith Festival, Granville Fall Arts Festival, children’s rides and much more. For more information, call (931) 653-4511 or visit www.granvillemuseum.com.

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