In 1846, tens of thousands of Tennesseans responded to the Federal government’s call to arms, far surpassing the government’s request and securing the state’s long-lasting title as The Volunteer State. Join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage this Memorial Day to hear the stories of the Tennesseans who volunteered to fight in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. In his new book, For Duty and Honor: Tennessee’s Mexican War Experience, Dr. Tim Johnson provides historical and political context for the war while also exploring the motivations of the Tennessee soldiers. Following his talk, Dr. Johnson will sign copies of his book in the Hermitage Museum Store.
Tim Johnson received his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama and has been a member of the history faculty at Lipscomb University since 1991. He has been a research fellow at Yale University and the Virginia Historical Society, and he has appeared on C-SPAN, The History Channel and Public Television. Dr. Johnson has researched and written extensively on military history in the antebellum United States. Four of his books deal with the Mexican-American War, a largely forgotten conflict in American history.
2 p.m. Program in Education Building
3 p.m. Book Signing in Museum Store