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


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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 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



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