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Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

John Goff Ballentine

(1825 - 1915)


— United States Congressman —

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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. John Goff Ballentine Marker
Inscription.  The oldest son of A.M. and Mary Ballentine, John Goff Ballentine was born at his family's residence on South First Street in Pulaski on May 20, 1825. He graduated from Wurtemburg Academy in 1841, from the University of Nashville in 1845 and from Harvard in 1848. Ballentine attended Livingston Law School in New York before moving back to Pulaski and practicing law with Judge Lunsford Bramlett.

In 1854, Ballentine had moved to Mississippi, but by 1860 had settled in Memphis, Tennessee where he was engaged in the practice of law. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Ballentine enlisted as a private in the Shelby County Dragoons and became known for his courage and “derring-do.” He quickly rose to the rank of Captain and commanded a regiment named in his honor, Ballentine's Mississippi Regiment.

Ballentine was wounded in 1864 but returned to service in time to defend General Hood's retreat through Pulaski after the Battle of Nashville and reportedly, Ballentine was the last Confederate to cross the Richland Creek Bridge.

After the war, John Ballentine returned to Pulaski and resumed his practice of law.
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
2. John Goff Ballentine Marker
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He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served in the 48th and 49th Congresses but refused a third term due to ill health. John Goff Ballentine died on November 25, 1915.
Erected by City of Pulaski.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 20, 1825.
Location. 35° 11.554′ N, 87° 1.681′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from Cleveland Street west of South Sam Davis Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in Maplewood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Ballentine St, Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. McCallum (here, next to this marker); Samuel “Sam” Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Pulaski Cornerstone — Southeast (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas McKissack Jones (about 300 feet away); Maplewood Cemetery (about 300 feet away); United States Colored Infantry (about 300 feet away); Thomas Martin (1799-1870) (about 400 feet away); General John Calvin Brown (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
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By Confederate Veteran magazine, circa 1907
3. John Goff Ballentine
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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