Lawrenceburg in Lawrence County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Skirmish at Lawrenceburg
Saving the Courthouse
When Fitz Gibbon and his forces arrived at Lawrenceburg the morning of November 3, they found almost 500 Confederates waiting for them behind several lines of cotton bale barricades that surrounded the town. Outnumbered but armed with Spencer repeating carbines and pistols, the Federals charged, scattered the defenders and took possession of the square. Seeing that the courthouse and log jail were empty of prisoners, the Union soldiers placed loose cotton inside the jail and set it on fire.
As the men of the 14th Michigan prepared to do the same to the courthouse a group of local citizens pleaded with the Federal commander to spare the building. The three-story 1821 brick structure also housed the Freemasons and the Odd Fellows. Fitz Gibbon realized that burning the courthouse would probably
Erected 2012 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 14.45′ N, 87° 20.119′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Waterloo Street and Military Street, on the right when traveling west on Waterloo Street. Touch for map. Located in the public square. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceburg TN 38464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lawrence County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Courthouse - Lawrence County Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Mexican War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. David Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); James David Vaughan (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears Memorial David Crockett's Home (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneers in Textiles (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrenceburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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