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

Lairdland Farm House

War and Romance

Lairdland Farm House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
1. Lairdland Farm House Marker
Inscription. Here on February 10, 1867, James Knox Polk Blackburn and Mary “Mackie” McMillan Laird were married on the porch of the Lairdland farm house. She was the daughter of Robert H. and Nancy Mildred Gordon Laird, who owned the thousand-acre farm called Lairdland. Blackburn, born in Maury County on February 20, 1837, moved with his parents to Texas in 1856 and taught school there. In September 1861, he enlisted in the 8th Texas Cavalry, known as Terry’s Texas Rangers. He later attained the rank of captain and fought in the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, among others.

In September 1863, the 8th Texas Cavalry was assigned to Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s brigade to raid Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans’s supply line in Middle Tennessee and capture his wagon trains between Nashville and Chattanooga. Wheeler succeeded, but his raid ended a few miles northeast of here at Farmington, in a sharp encounter on October 7. Blackburn was wounded, taken to Lewisburg, left with family to recover, and fell into Union hands after Wheeler retreated into Alabama. He was paroled but was unwilling to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. In March 1864, Blackburn was permitted to move from Lewisburg to the vicinity of Brick Church and teach school. While there, he met the Lairds and their daughter. He later rejoined his
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By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
2. Lairdland Farm House Marker
regiment in time for the last battles of the war in North Carolina. Blackburn returned here afterward, married his sweetheart, and later represented Giles County in the Tennessee legislature. In 1918, he published “Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers,” a lively account of his experiences, in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Blackburn died in July 6, 1923.

"If the terms of peace had been left to the men who faced each other in battle day after day, they would have stopped the war at once on terms acceptable to both sides (except the civil rulers) and honorable to all alike." — James K.P. Blackburn

(lower left) Capt. James K.P. Blackburn and Mary McMillian Laird Blackburn, 1867 — Courtesy Online Archives of Terry’s Texas Rangers
(upper right) Laird, Blackburn, and Gordon families on the porch at Lairdland, 1883 — Courtesy James K.P. Blackburn IV
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 16.545′ N, 86° 54.017′ W. Marker is in Cornersville, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from Blackburn Hollow Road 0.2 miles south
Lairdland Farm House-Side view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
3. Lairdland Farm House-Side view
of Clock Creek Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3238 Blackburn Hollow Road, Cornersville TN 37047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. Thomas Kennedy Gordon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giles County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bridgeforth High School (approx. 8.5 miles away); Gabriel McKissack (approx. 8.5 miles away); Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District (approx. 9 miles away); Sam Davis Avenue Historic District (approx. 9.1 miles away); John Adams (approx. 9.1 miles away); Donald Grady Davidson (1893~1966) John Crowe Ransom (1888~1974) (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Lairdland Farm House. (Submitted on July 6, 2014.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Lairdland Farm House-Front view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
4. Lairdland Farm House-Front view
Lairdland Farm House -Front porch image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
5. Lairdland Farm House -Front porch
Plaque-This property has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
Lairdland Farm House-Travellers Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 23, 2014
6. Lairdland Farm House-Travellers Cottage
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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