The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association’s mission is to protect, interpret and make accessible Tennessee’s surviving Civil War battlefields and contributing landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations.
We are mostly Tennesseans, but our members are from several other states. TCWPA members are preservationists, genealogists, armchair historians, doctors, lawyers, educators, heritage tourism advocates, corporate leaders, young people and seniors – all dedicated to preserving and interpreting Tennessee’s large network of Civil War Battlefields.
What We Do
As a statewide organization TCWPA identifies and recognizes Tennessee’s most important battlefield sites and raises funds for their protection. By building a statewide community of preservationists and collaborating organizations and agencies, TCWPA can effectively develop strategies and execute plans to protect and interpret our state’s sites. TCWPA fosters research to locate sites and provides education programs and tours for its members and the public. TCWPA recognizes outstanding leaders in battlefield preservation.
TCWPA was founded in 1994 as part of the Tennessee Wars Commission’s efforts to address battlefield preservation in Tennessee. TCWPA became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1997.
The organization has grown from a small group of dedicated preservationists informally meeting to a fully engaged statewide organization including multiple partnering organizations and agencies, and members from across the United States.