Tennessee State Nickname

The Volunteer State

Tennessee is often referred to as the "Volunteer State." This nickname originated during the War of 1812 when a large number of Tennesseans, including prominent politician and military leader Andrew Jackson, volunteered to fight in the Battle of New Orleans. Their valor and willingness to serve earned Tennessee the moniker "The Volunteer State," and it became the official state nickname. The resolution making this designation official was passed by the Tennessee Legislature on February 3, 1812. The nickname not only commemorates the state's historical contributions to military service but also symbolizes the volunteer spirit and civic pride of its residents.