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

The Cannonball House

Narrowly Missed Destruction

 
 
The Cannonball House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. The Cannonball House Marker
Inscription. You are standing in front of the Miller-Haynes house, known as the Cannonball House because of structural damage it sustained from Union cannon fire during the Battle of Blountville on September 22, 1863. During the artillery exchanges, Confederate forces were largely behind and east of the house, while Col. John W. Fosterís Union forces were positioned west of here at Blountville Cemetery. Several cannonballs struck the houseís western side.

It was fortunate that artillery fire did not destroy the house completely. Kentucky Confederate Edward O. Guerrant wrote in his diary on September 25: “Twelve dwellings, the Court House, Jail & both hotels were burned by the enemyís shells. About the half (& better half) of the little town was destroyed.” Foster, in contrast, reported on the day of the battle that “the shells of the enemy set fire to the town, and a great portion of it was consumed.”

In 1849, Elbert S. Miller had purchased the house and lot from J. Irwinís heirs; Miller later sold the home to Matthew T. Haynes, who lived there during the Civil War with his wife Kate Snapp Haynes and other members of the Snapp family. Haynes held the Confederate office of state receiver and was responsible for acquiring the confiscated property of Union sympathizers. Haynesís brother, Landon Carter Haynes,
Battle of Blountville / Hertage Trail map image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Battle of Blountville / Hertage Trail map
was one of the regionís most vocal Confederates and represented Tennessee at the Confederate Senate in Richmond.

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These photographs show shell damage to exterior clapboard in the rear of the house, now protected by plexiglass, and to an interior door.
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 31.99′ N, 82° 19.515′ W. Marker is in Blountville, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of Bristol Highway (Tennessee Route 126) and Anderson Road, on the right when traveling east on Bristol Highway. Click for map. 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. Ralph Blizard (within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson Townhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Deery Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Deery Inn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Blountville (about 400 feet away); a different
The Cannonball House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. The Cannonball House Marker
marker also named Battle of Blountville (about 400 feet away); Sullivan County (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blountville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Cannonball House (front) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
4. The Cannonball House (front)
The Cannonball House (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
5. The Cannonball House (rear)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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