Kingsport in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Suffering and Survival
Civil War in Sullivan County
Determined to control the railroad, Union forces attacked the county seat, Blountville, on September 22, 1863. Col. John W. Foster shelled the town for four hours, burning the courthouse and forcing a Confederate retreat as terrified residents fled. The Battle of Kingsport erupted on December 13, 1864, when Gens. Stephen G. Burbridge's and Alvan C. Gillem's forces struck Confederate Col. Richard Morgan's troops at the Holston River. Morgan believed that a damaged bridge
Some local Unionists found a haven on Bays Mountain. Federal chaplain William S. DePew, 8th Tennessee Calvary, preached for decades after the war at Depew's Chapel United Methodist Church, where his comrade Benjamin F. Hood served as minister and trustee. Jerome Pierce, a former slave who fled to serve with the Union army, bought land on Bays Mountain and built a log house that still stands today.
Top right: Kingsport, ca. 1910 - Soldiers foraging. - Unionist refugees
Bottom right: Blountville, looking east from near the Union position, with the Masonic Female Institute at upper right, ca. 1900
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 22, 1863.
Location. 36° 29′ N, 82° 32.945′ W. Marker is in Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from James H Quillen Parkway (Interstate 26 at milepost 5). Located at the State of Tennessee I-26 Kingsport Washington Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kingsport TN 37664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pactolus Ironworks (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Patrick Henry (approx. 2.3 miles away); Avery Treaty (approx. 3.1 miles away); Donelson Flotilla (approx. 3.1 miles away); Double Springs (approx. 3.4 miles away); Douglass High School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Battle of Island Flats (approx. 3.7 miles away); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsport.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.