“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Westmoreland in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Epperson Springs

Resort and Wartime Enlistment Center

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By Don Morfe, July 23, 2013
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Inscription. The Epperson Springs Hotel, built by local businessmen so that residents and visitors could enjoy bathing and soaking in a mineral springs, stood here. Most of the state’s early resorts grew up around mineral springs; physicians often touted the value of “taking the waters,” or hydrotherapy, to their patients. The springs resorts were as well known for their social life as for their alleged cures.

Because of its prominent location near the Kentucky line, the resort became an enlistment center and a Confederate training camp in the autumn of 1861. It was known as Camp Jim Davis after the proprietor of the hotel. Companies B, C, D, and E, 7th Cavalry Battalion (later designated 22nd Barteau's Tennessee Cavalry Regiment), and Company E, 9th Tennessee Cavalry)were organized

Federal forces controlled the area by the middle of the war but faced constant harassment from both regular and irregular Confederate units. Early in May 1863, for example, a detachment of the 11th Kentucky Infantry (US) passed Epperson Springs as it pursued what commanders called a Confederate gang. Col. S. Pallance Love reported: "That whole country is infested with the thieving party. They have nearly devastated that country, and stolen nearly all the good horses from the citizens."

Union units likely formed here
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were Companies E and F, 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry, and Companies A and D, 8th Tennessee Infantry, all of which included Macon County men.

The Epperson Springs Hotel burned to the ground in 1926.

Epperson Springs - Courtesy Randy East, Macon County Historian
Guerrillas stealing horses, Harper's Weekly, Dec. 24, 1864
Idyllic postwar view of a Confederate camp Courtesy of Library of Congress
Erected by Tenessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 34.4′ N, 86° 11.983′ W. Marker is in Westmoreland, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on Epperson Springs Road 0.2 miles west of Tooley Branch Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9695 Epperson Springs Road, Westmoreland TN 37186, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Family Tragedy (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Home of William Dunn (approx. 8.3 miles away); World War II Maneuvers (approx. 8.6 miles away); Macon County in the Civil War
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By Don Morfe, July 23, 2013
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(approx. 10.3 miles away); Macon County (approx. 10.3 miles away); Macon County Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 10.3 miles away); Woodmore Hotel (approx. 10.3 miles away); Ambush at Meadowville (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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