101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION HQ America’s Veterans and active duty military around the globe know that Clarksville is home to the pride of the U.S. Army, Fort Campbell, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and their famed “Screaming Eagles.” Fort Campbell today is also home to the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, filled with authentic memorabilia that tells the history of the Screaming Eagles, 5th Special Forces, 160th Special Operations, and other units. Exhibits feature items from the early 1940’s through Operation Iraqi Freedom. Outside, various aircraft, military equipment and monuments are on display and will capture the imagination of every child and child-at-heart.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY Clarksville’s role in the Civil War is vividly illustrated at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center. During the Civil War, this hilltop was chosen by Confederate troops as a site to construct a fort to defend the river approach to Clarksville. A visitor today will find Fort Defiance remarkably well preserved; the outer earthworks, powder magazine and gun platforms are still discernible. The community’s 24-site Civil War Journey tells a story that intrigues and compels, relaying the facts and the emotion behind Clarksville’s designation as one of the longest “occupied” towns in the western theatre of the war.
WELCOME HOME VETERANS Each September, Clarksville hosts a multi-day Welcome Home Veterans Celebration. Seeking to honor all Veterans and active duty military from all armed services, events include a Welcome Home Parade, American Traveling Tribute Wall, Field of Honor® – Veterans Tribute, POW/MIA Remembrance & Wreath Laying Ceremony, concerts, food, fellowship and more.