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Near Crossville in Cumberland County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

"Tinker Dave" Beaty

Union Partisan of the Cumberlands

"Tinker Dave" Beaty Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2020
1. "Tinker Dave" Beaty Marker
Inscription.  David “Tinker Dave” Beaty, a native of Fentress County, was the best-known Union partisan in the Upper Cumberland mountains. In 1862, he formed a group called Beaty's Company of Independent Tennessee Scouts, also variously called partisans, guerillas, and bushwhackers. Such irregular forces were common on both sides during the war, especially in areas where opinion was divided between Unionists and secessionists. Like Beaty's company, they protected the property of civilians on their own side while looting and killing those on the opposing side, and harassed enemy troops and supply lines.

Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside supported Beaty after the Federals took control of East Tennessee in 1863. Beaty wrote that Burnside "wanted me to go out in the mountain forks and bushwhack the Rebels and keep the roads open.” Beaty's men subsequently fought several small engagements against the Confederates, including with partisan Champ Ferguson, who was tried and executed for war crimes in October 1865. Ferguson told a newspaper reporter, “Well, there are meaner men than Tinker Dave. He fought me bravely and gave me some
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heavy licks, but I always gave him as good as he sent. ... We both tried to get each other during the war, but we always proved too smart for each other.” Confederate Gen. Basil W. Duke later wrote of Beaty and Ferguson that the former “possessed a cunning and subtlety with the other, Champ Ferguson in great measure, lacked.” Beaty died in 1876 and is buried in Lynn Cemetery in Fentress County.
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 Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 56.795′ N, 84° 56.633′ W. Marker is near Crossville, Tennessee, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 40 at milepost 324,, 2.6 miles east of Peavine Road (Tennessee Route 101) when traveling east. Marker is located on the loop road in the rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crossville TN 38555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kemmer Stand / Tavern (approx. 2.1 miles away); Champ Ferguson (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cumberland Homesteads Historic District (approx. 3.7 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different
David "Tinker Dave" Beaty image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
2. David "Tinker Dave" Beaty
marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); In Honor Of George Washington (approx. 4 miles away); Cumberland County Families (approx. 4.4 miles away); Cumberland Mountain State Park Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crossville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .  Tinker Dave: The Life and Times of the Union's Most Ferocious Civil War Guerrilla. From "Tales from Tennessee and Beyond" blog by Moore Historical Consulting. Posted Dec. 29, 2016. (Submitted on May 31, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
Guerillas attacking train image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Tennessee State Library & Archives, May 30, 2020
3. Guerillas attacking train
"Tinker Dave" Beaty Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2020
4. "Tinker Dave" Beaty Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 222 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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