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Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Civil War In Lebanon

Caught in the Crossfire

 
 
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Photographed By Karen Emerson-McPeak, August 19, 2017
1. The Civil War In Lebanon Marker
Inscription.  Lebanon, because of its proximity to the Cumberland River and its position as a turnpike crossroads, was soon caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. Federal troops first appeared early in 1862. An engagement on the Lebanon Square in May between Union General Ebenezer Dumont’s command and Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry resulted in a Union victory. However, the town escaped the worst of the war. Union Gen. Alvin C. Gillem reported in August 1864: “Wilson County shows but slight signs of the war… In Lebanon everything indicates peace. The houses have never been disturbed“

A monument to Confederate soldiers, Including Gen. Robert H. Hatton, is at the town square. Hatton, who organized the 7th Tennessee Infantry, died at the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia, in 1862. Cedar Grove Cemetery at 609 South Maple Street, contains the graves of Hatton and 152 other Confederates, including nine who died in the May 1862 engagement.

The Robert L. Caruthers House, at 241 West Main Street, was home to an important local leader who represented Tennessee in the Provisional Confederate Congress of 1861. He was elected
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Photographed By Ronald L. "John" DeMoor, June 24, 2019
2. The Civil War In Lebanon Marker
Civil War Trail Marker at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center/Fiddlers Grove area, Lebanon, TN
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governor of Tennessee in 1863, but was never inaugurated because of Federal occupation and the appointment of Andrew Johnson as Union military governor.

Cumberland University, at 218 South Greenwood Avenue, had its historic campus damaged by Federal troops in 1863. Late in 1864 Confederates burned it completely. Alexander P. Stewart, later a general in the Army Of Tennessee, was a professor there when the War began. He returned to teach in 1867.

Pickett’s Chapel Methodist Church is at 209 East Market Street. In 1866, recently emancipated African Americans bought the Methodist church and established their own congregation. The Rev. Calvin Pickett first minister.

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John Hunt Morgan and wife Courtesy Library of Congress
Robert H. Hatton Courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives
 
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 year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 36° 11.933′ N, 86° 16.432′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker can be reached from East Baddour Parkway
The Civil War In Lebanon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ronald L. "John" DeMoor, June 24, 2019
3. The Civil War In Lebanon Marker
Civil War Trail Marker at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center/Fiddlers Grove area, Lebanon, TN
. Located in Fiddler's Grove Historic Village In front of the General Store. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: James E Ward Center Road, Lebanon TN 37087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.C. Wharton Market (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedman's Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. James Edmond Fisher's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); James E. Ward (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wheeler School (about 500 feet away); Tates Crossing Flag Station (about 500 feet away); Tuckers Gap Depot (about 500 feet away); Forbes Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
 
The Civil War In Lebanon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ronald L. "John" DeMoor, June 24, 2019
4. The Civil War In Lebanon Marker
Civil War Trail Marker at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center/Fiddlers Grove area, Lebanon, TN
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2017, by Karen Emerson-McPeak of Triune, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 140 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 4, 2017, by Karen Emerson-McPeak of Triune, Tennessee.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Ronald L. "John" DeMoor of Lebanon, Tennesee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2022