On view June 15 – August 25, 2012
Drawing upon artifacts, photographs, drawings, and art from the collection of the Museum, the exhibition explores seven areas: Leaders (commanders such as Nathan Bedford Forrest, John Hunt Morgan, Samuel Carter, and John Wilder), Troopers, Horses and Mules, Occupation and the home front, Spies, Scouts, Partisans and Guerillas, Battles in Tennessee, and the Legacy. Each section includes photos, graphics, and artifacts explaining the role of mounted warfare during the Civil War era.
Due to mounted warfare, the home front often became the battle field as mounted soldiers skirmished on the streets of Memphis, Murfreesboro, Greeneville, and hundreds of towns and communities across the state. Indeed, every county of the state felt the impact of Union and Confederate cavalry thundering across the state as part of a raiding party, occupation force, or guerilla band. Each community, including Collierville, had its unique experience with Civil War cavalry forces.
Hoof beats in the Heartland is organized by the Tennessee State Museum and is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.