Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Knoxville: A Divided City
Simultaneous Union and Confederate Rallies
A U.S. flag near Main Street, flying above the "Liberty Pole," was a gathering place for Unionists. On the corner of Church and Clinch streets, a Confederate flag marked a secessionist rendezvous point. At the corner of Gay and Main streets, then-Tennessee Senator Andrew Johnson delivered a pro-Union, anti-secession speech to supporters gathered around him, while a Confederate regiment and band marched down Gay Street. Nearby, at the Lamar House, Confederate gentlemen entertained ladies with music. Perceiving the musical disturbances as deliberate, some Unionist reacted angrily, but cooler heads on both sides intervened to calm then.
Six weeks later, Tennessee
Knoxvillians Samuel Bell Palmer (left) and brother John enlisted in Capt. William D. Kain's Co., Tennessee Light Artillery, in March 1862. Captured at Knoxville in September 1863, they were imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Illinois, for the remainder of the war. While in prison, Samuel Palmer drew sketches, including the Knoxville rallies, and later sent them to Maj. Samuel K. Williams, Jr., a guard who had befriended him.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #17 Andrew Johnson, and the Tennessee Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 27, 1861.
Location. 35° 57.683′ N, 83° 55.017′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on Main Street east of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Main Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Treaty of the Holston (a few steps from this marker); Knox County World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Old Knox County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Knox County Spanish American War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Charles T. McMillan II (within shouting distance of this marker); Katherine Sherrill Sevier (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Block House (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor John Sevier (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.