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Blountville in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Blountville

Federal Guns on Cemetery Hill

 
 
Battle of Blountville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Battle of Blountville Marker
Inscription. This is where Union forces stood as they attacked Blountville on September 22, 1863, during a campaign to control the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. On the day of the attack, the Confederates occupied Blountville while the Federal forces held the south bank of the Watauga River.

Union Colonel John W. Foster led his cavalry brigade across the river at 9 A.M., drove off pickets from Confederate Col. James E. Carterís 1st Tennessee Cavalry, and then occupied Cemetery Hill. Foster shelled Carterís positions in Blountville in front of you, then ordered a charge about sundown that pushed Carterís regiment from the town.

Foster reported that he suffered six killed and fourteen wounded. The next day, he occupied Carterís Depot as the Confederates withdrew.

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The cemetery here was created before 1824 on land that later belonged to the adjacent Blountville Presbyterian Church. Although churches typically had their own burying grounds, the local Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches, which stood near here, all shared this cemetery.

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Blountville from Cemetery Hill — Copyright Anita B. Long (2002)
Blountville Presbyterian Church, which burned during the war. It was rebuilt later (shown with a red roof in the painting). Photograph ca. 1900
Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trial
Courtesy Sullivan Co. Archives
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 31.943′ N, 82° 19.976′ W. Marker is in Blountville, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Blountville Cemetery Road 0.1 miles north of County Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located in Blountville Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Blountville TN 37617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Blountville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sullivan County (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Deery Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Old Deery Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anderson Townhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ralph Blizard (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blountville.
 
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Battle of Blountville marker in Blountville Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Battle of Blountville marker in Blountville Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 7 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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