Norris in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War in Anderson County
Divided loyalties in Anderson County, as elsewhere in East Tennessee, often erupted in violence. It was commonplace for guerillas on both sides to raid farms and capture opposing sympathizers. In the county seat of Clinton, Confederates established a conscription center to draft men into military service. Many Unionists, trying to avoid conscription, stole across the border into Kentucky to join the Federal army. They used "Eli's Cabin," built by county resident Eli Lovejoy Ward, as a safe house to rest and eat before heading over the mountains.
A small engagement occurred in the county on July 25, 1862, when a Federal foraging party fired on Confederate cavalry pickets at Clinton Ferry. Confederate forces moved quickly to establish control of the area. An East Tennessee correspondent for the Atlanta Intelligencer reported, "The number of [Confederate] troops gathering here renders this a place of some interest ... situated on the Clinch river, twenty miles north of Knoxville. ... Cooking utensils, baggage and tents, have been given up, and large supplies of ammunition are being collected. There are no armed enemies near us, except the skulking bushwhackers, and they are getting extremely cautious in their movements." Even after the war ended, resentments lingered.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 12.728′ N, 84° 4.378′ W. Marker is in Norris, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Norris Freeway (U.S. 441) 0.1 miles south of Clear Creek Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot of the Lenoir Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris TN 37828, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norris Dam (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Tennessee Valley Authority (approx. The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ghosts of Convict Miners (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fort Anderson (approx. 5.2 miles away); Why Miners Fought (approx. 5.2 miles away); Coal Creek War (approx. 5.2 miles away); Convict Lease System (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norris.
Categories. • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil •
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