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Civil War

Experience Memphis in the Civil War

Learn that Memphis was one of the first major cities to fall to Northern armies. Discover a city captured in June of 1862, when Federal Ironclads defeated a makeshift Confederate river defense fleet. Military occupation of the city continued until July of 1865. The city's position on the Mississippi along with its importance as a western rail depot made it a key transportation hub for troops and supplies. As such, it was an ideal location for military hospitals. After Memphis surrendered to Union forces, its hospital facilities were greatly expanded. The city also became a center for smuggling medicines and other supplies between the North and South.

The Pink Palace Family of Museums occasionally places links to other websites on its own.  This is done as part of our mission to "inspire learning."  It is not an endorsement of the information or viewpoints you will find on the linked websites.

Our staff recommends the following links on the Civil War.

Civil War Battles


Civil War Weapons


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