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West Tennessee in World War I: 1914-1918: Home

A guide to bibliographies and articles covering the Great War, 1914 - 1918

Picture for Tennessee Great War Project

Lemmons Doughboy Hollywood Cemetary

Tell Us Your Stories

Lt. Herbert J. Jones

The Carilon

Carilon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over There, Over Here (Video)

The West Tennessee Great War Project

 

WEST TENNESSEE IN WORLD WAR I: 1914-1918

The West Tennessee Great War Project was established as part of the work of the Tennessee Great War Commission, and focuses exclusively on the area of Tennessee West of the Tennessee River.  The Great War Commission was established in 2014 to develop and execute projects and activities that facilitate recognition of the 100 year anniversary of World War I.  The West Tennessee Great War Project aims to:

  • gather the stories of those Tennesseans who served before and during the American involvement in the war.
  • offer through the University of Tennessee at Martin a resource for students of the Great War, and
  • invite the public to the many commemorative events to be held in Tennessee between 2015 and 2019.

 

Doughboy, Lemmons tombstone, Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, Tennessee

 

 

 

TELL US YOUR STORIES: 

Part of our mission is to collect the history of West Tennessee families during the Great War.  If you have a story to tell; pictures to share; or memorabilia from the period of the Great War, please complete the form below and become part of the West Tennessee Great War Project.

Please provide your contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls at accarls@utm.edu   

 

Herbert J. Jones, February 5, 1893 – July 4, 1918

Distinguished Service Cross, General Order 87, War Department – 1919

Home Town: Dresden, Tennessee

 

 

Fall 2016 Great War Commemoration: Feeding, Clothing, Transporting, and Arming the Troops: The Home Front in Tennessee

 

EXHIBITS

ART EXHIBIT Germantown -- October 1 – November 15

Germantown Community Library, 1930 Germantown Road South, Germantown

World War I Propaganda Posters, 1917-1918 (Andy Pouncey collection)

HISTORICAL EXHIBIT Jackson – November 1 – 30

Jackson Madison County Public Library, 433 E Lafayette Street, Jackson

World War I Exhibit – Jackson and Madison County in the War

UNION UNIVERSITY's CARLS-SCHWERDFEGER LECTURESHIP -- Jackson -- Monday, October 3

Union University, G.M. Memorial Chapel, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson

7:15PM                      Dr. Sean Mc Meekin, "The War of 1914: An Avoidable Catastrophe"

DIGITIZATION PROJECT – Jackson – Thursday, November 3, 2:00 – 7:00 PM; and Friday, November 4, 9:00-11:30 AM, at Jackson Madison County Public Library, 433 East Lafayette Street

TSLA will be recording local artifacts from World War I. For more information, check

        Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War

Participation in Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War is open to all individuals who are interested in preserving Tennessee's World War I history through the digitization of historic materials.

To submit a reservation request, complete the form listed below and send via email to WorldWarI.tsla@tn.gov.

SYMPOSIUM

WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION -- Jackson -- Friday, November 4

First Presbyterian Church, 1573 N. Highland Ave., Jackson

5:00 PM   Welcome   Dr. Michael Birdwell, Tennessee Great War Commission Chair
    Invocation   Rev. John White, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
        Jackson City Mayor Jerry Gist
5:30 PM   "The Battle of the Somme"    Dennis Dudley, Bagpipe
5:35 PM   World War I in Madison County   Alice-Catherine Carls 
5:45 PM   Carillon Concert   Kathleen Huneycutt, Carillonneur
        Cody Blue Miller, Carillonneur 
6:00 PM   Reception   Memorial Hall

 

WORLD WAR I SYMPOSIUM -- Jackson –  Saturday, November 5

Casey Jones Railroad Museum -- 30 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson

8:30 AM   Registration/Welcome    
9:00 AM   Welcome and Recognitions   Andy Pouncey
9:10 AM   “Herbert Hoover, the US Food"   Dr. George Nash Administration, and Dr. J. A. H. Morgan
10:15 AM   "Old Hickory Powder Plant in World War I"   Dr. Tara Mielnik
11:00 AM   Special Recognition of Dr. Charles W. Crawford   Sen. Ed Jackson, Dr. Nancy Parrish
11:20 AM   "Black Communities in Tennessee"   Professor Linda Wynn
12:00 PM   Lunch in the museum    
12:15 PM   Period Trains Exhibit   Jimmy Bailey, Richard Gonzales, Andy Pouncey
1:00 PM   “The Trains of Tennessee in the Great War"   Richard Gonzales 
1:30 PM   Exhibits and Reenactment   Tim Poole

 

Bemis Museum, 2 N. Missouri Street, Jackson

3:00 PM   Welcome   Joel Jackson
3:15 PM   “The Bemis Mill in the Great War”   Dr. Nancy Parrish
3:45 PM   Concluding Remarks   Dr. Michael Birdwell
4:00 PM   Visit of the town of Bemis, at leisure    

 

LIVING HISTORY PERFORMANCE -- Dresden – Sunday, November 6

Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Dresden

2:00 PM   Welcome    The Hon. Tommy Moore
2:15 PM   "Dresden's First Volunteer -- Lieutenant Herbert J. Jones"    
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


 

More Information on the Symposium

The carillon at First Presbyterian Church was built in 1953 by the members of First   Presbyterian Church and the citizens of Jackson and Madison County in honor of the men and women who served their country in the two world conflicts, 1914-1918 and 1940-1945.  The carillon consists of 47 bronze bells made by the Paccard & Fils foundry in Annecy, France. The bells were built between 1944 and 1948.‚Äč 

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