Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War In Tennessee
Taking the Great Valley
The Great Valley of Tennessee, the Southern Appalachian breadbasket, stretches from Bristol to Chattanooga and with its major turnpikes and railroads was strategically vital to both North and South during the war.
The “better half of the little town” of Blountville (Exit 69) was destroyed in a bloody battle on September 22, 1863. Confederate Gen. Alfred. E. Jackson, a native of Jonesborough (Exit 50), controlled the town until late in September 1864. Limestone, where in September 1863 Jackson defeated the 100th Ohio Infantry for control of the railroad, is to the south.
Greeneville (Exit 36) was the center of Tennessee Unionism and home to President Andrew Johnson; the Andrew Johnson National Monument is located there. The Battle of Blue Springs happened nearby in 1863. A year later, a downtown firefight filled Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan.
Bulls Gap (Exit 23) was a key railroad junction where Confederate Gen. John C. Breckenridge pushed Union Gen. Alvan C. Gillem’s forces back toward Knoxville in November 1863. Gen. James Longstreet’s restored headquarters is located to the west in Russellville,
Follow the route of the armies along the Tennessee Civil War Trails. Colorful markers at each stop tell the story of the war’s interesting people, places, and events. A free map guide to the Tennessee Trails network is available in the Welcome Center. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history of the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 35.694′ N, 82° 14.822′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Interstate 81 one mile south of U.S. 58, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10749 I-81, Bristol TN 37620, 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. AMVETS Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Bristol (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); Ralph S. Peer (approx. 3.3 miles away); Birthplace of Country Music (approx. 3.3 miles away); King College (approx. 3.4 miles away); Shelby's Fort (approx. 3.4 miles away); Evan Shelby's Fort (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Ironworks (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
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