Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Miller, D. Shane

Committee Member

Hardin, James W.

Committee Member

Zuckerman, Molly K.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Applied Anthropology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures


This thesis investigates the historic and architectural significance of the Buchanan House in Bells Bend, Nashville, Tennessee, in hopes that it will be protected and conserved. Artifacts from the University of Tennessee surveys conducted by David Anderson and Derek Anderson in 2009 and 2010 were used to establish whether or not there were any intact American Civil War period deposits. Spatial analysis was used to identify locations of activity areas. Historic documents were used to establish the occupants of the Buchanan House. This thesis concluded that while there were no definitive Civil War period deposits, the Buchanan House still provides an ideal spot for a museum commemorating the Battle of Bells Bend, owing to its close proximity to the battle, and because it offers a unique perspective on the civilian experience during the Civil War, one that demonstrates a long history of resistance and resilience.