Bedford Co. to dedicate Civil War Trails marker

Shelbyville did not play a significant role in the war but it was a "side action," said Al Simmons, president of the Bedford County Historical Society.

William McCaskill, 10, left, and his brother Alex McCaskill, 7,of Lugoff, SC, gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter Tuesday, April 12, 2011 for a candlelight sunrise concert to commemorate themoment the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston, S.C. . (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Bedford County is hoping to boost tourism by acknowledging its Civil War heritage.

According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, the county is dedicating a Civil War Trails marker on the south courthouse lawn during a public ceremony on Wednesday.

Shelbyville did not play a significant role in the war but it was a "side action," said Al Simmons, president of the Bedford County Historical Society. He said the city was wedged between larger battles in Murfreesboro and Tullahoma.

Bedford County is one of 270 Civil War Trails sites in Tennessee and one of more than 1,000 such sites in five states, according to the Historical Society.


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