New War of 1812 exhibit at State Library and Archives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An exhibit at the Tennessee State Library and Archives takes a close look at the state’s role in the War of 1812.

Officials say the free exhibit, named “Answering the Call: Tennesseans in the War of 1812,” opened Tuesday at the State Library and Archives in Nashville.

The war featured a key victory by Major Gen. Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, which helped propel him to the presidency. According to the secretary of state’s office, nearly one-third of the Tennessee’s counties are named for men who were connected to the war.

The state’s nickname, “Volunteer State,” had its roots in the thousands of Tennesseans who participated in the war.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is open Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibit will remain open until mid-April.