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Savannah, TN

Savannah is a city in Hardin County, Tennessee. It is the county seat of Hardin County and had a population of 6,917 at the 2000 census.

Town square in Savannah
Town square in Savannah

Savannah hosted the NAIA college football national championship game from 1996-2007. Savannah is home to several places of historical significance, including the Cherry Family Mansion.


The city's original name was Rudd's Ferry, named for James Rudd, an early settler who established a ferry at the site in the early 1820s. Rudd's Ferry was later purchased by a wealthy landowner, David Robinson. The town was renamed "Savannah" after Savannah, Georgia, the hometown of Rudd's wife, Elizabeth.

Battle of Shiloh:

County courthouse dedication plaque at the town square

Hardin County was the site of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh (also known as the "Battle of Pittsburg Landing") during the Civil War. This battleground site is just south of the town of Savannah. Union General Ulysses S. Grant commandeered the Cherry Mansion just off the town square for use as a headquarters during the battle.

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