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Pottertown in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bridge Burners Monument

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, April 1, 2017
1. Bridge Burners Monument
Inscription.  "In the hour of their country's peril, they were loyal and true"

On the night of November 8th 1861, these five Union men along with others, who mostly remain unknown, carried out the orders of President Abraham Lincoln transmitted to General George H. Thomas and given to their leader Capt. David Fry, to burn the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Bridge over nearby Lick Creek. All five men were summarily executed by Confederate authorities. The five executions left nearly twenty fatherless children.

Jacob Harmon
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
June 2, 1818
December 17, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Henry Harmon
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
September 3, 1839
December 17, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Christopher A. Haun
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
September 5, 1821
December 11, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Henry Fry
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
December 7, 1823
November 30, 1861
Hanged at Greeneville, Tennessee

Jacob M. Hinshaw
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol
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2. Bridge Burners Monument
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Inf USA
December 8, 1840
November 30, 1861
Hanged at Greeneville, Tennessee
 
Topics. This memorial monument is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is November 8, 1861.
 
Location. 36° 12.025′ N, 83° 0.886′ W. Marker is in Pottertown, Tennessee, in Greene County. Memorial is at the intersection of Pottertown Road and Gravel Woods Road, on the left when traveling east on Pottertown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midway TN 37809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pottertown Bridge Burners (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Execution of the "Bridge-Burners" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blue Springs Lutheran Congregation (approx. 3.2 miles away); Blue Springs Church and Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Battles of Blue Springs (approx. 4.6 miles away); Battle of Blue Springs (approx. 4.7 miles away); Carter's Station (approx. 6˝ miles away); Cabin of Three States (approx. 7.7 miles away).
 
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By Tom Bosse, April 1, 2017
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By Tom Bosse, April 1, 2017
8. Bridge Burners Monument Marker
Harmon Family Cemetery and Tennessee Civil War Trails Marker can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   6. submitted on April 2, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   7. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   8. submitted on April 2, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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