Another minor area to visit is La Grange, Tennessee. During the war La Grange and nearby Grand Junction were relatively important cities in the area. There were many more people living there during the war than there are now. One marker in town says 3000 lived in LaGrange in 1862. Grand Junction was important because two rail lines crossed there. The two towns are only 2 or 3 miles apart.
There is not much to see there now. La Grange is tiny. I'm guessing its 4-5 blocks long and 2-3 blocks wide. I was there early in the morning and there was one business that looked like it was part general store and part museum, but it was not open that early in the morning. All I could see was a few state historical markers.
Woodlawn house was far enough off the road and surrounded by enough trees to prevent a good picture to be taken. Maybe its since been trimmed back a bit so a better view is possible.
I don't think I'd plan to visit LaGrange-Grand Junction again unless I knew it was an easy side trip, or if I was going to follow Grierson's Raid (which sounds like a great trip).
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Thanks for this information. Like you, my husband and I are Civil War buffs who believe in walking battlefields. We especially enjoy going to the less well-known places. We will be at Shiloh and Corinth soon and will plan to visit La Grange as well. Like you, I blog about the war, focusing more on human interest stories in the hope of enticing people who view history as boring to become fellow Civil War Nuts.
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