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Lynchburg in Moore County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lynchburg

The Heart of Moore County

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2020
1. Lynchburg Marker
Inscription.  Lynchburg was a mere crossroads village in 1861, but the war and the years that followed it transformed this place. By the end of April 1861—six weeks before Tennesseans formally voted to secede—local men had formed Co. E (Lynchburg Rangers), 1st Tennessee Volunteer Infantry (Provisional). Col. Peter Turney, a secessionist firebrand in neighboring Franklin County, led the regiment. The company's captains were local men: Dr. Ezekiel Y. Salmon, Thomas H. Mann, William P. Tolley, and Owen J. Bailey. Salmon's brick dwelling at 295 Main Street became their meeting place.

By May, the Lynchburg Rangers were in Virginia, where they stayed for most of the war as part of the Tennessee Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. They participated in almost every major battle from Manassas to Antietam to Cold Harbor, including Pickett's Charge in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Those who survived and returned to Lynchburg in 1865 found it greatly changed. The Tullahoma Campaign had left many local farms in shambles. In 1863, a landowner had given emancipated slaves—all were free when the war ended—land for the Elm Street Church
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2020
2. Lynchburg Marker Detail
Dr. Ezekiel Y. Salmon
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of Christ. By 1867, postwar recovery was underway. Salmon built a fine Greek Revival addition to his brick dwelling, which became the Grand Central Hotel, later Mary Bobo's Boardinghouse. In 1871, the legislature created Moore County, and Lynchburg became the county seat in 1873. Wartime and Reconstruction traumas faded with improving conditions personified by local resident Jack Daniels, whose distillery soon produced the Tennessee whiskey now known worldwide.

(Captions:)
Bottom left: Dr. Ezekiel Y. Salmon
Top center: Forrest's Guard reunion, Moore County Courthouse, 1900
Top right: Moore County Courthouse
All images courtesy Moore County Historical Society
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
 
Location. 35° 16.964′ N, 86° 22.415′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in Moore County. Marker is on Short Street west of Mechanic Street South, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 196 Main Street, Lynchburg TN 37352, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2020
3. Lynchburg Marker Detail
Forrest's Guard Reunion, Moore County Courthouse, 1900 Courtesy Moore County Historical Society
. Moore County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Moore County Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Moore County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Moore County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jack Daniel Distillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Crockett Homestead (approx. 3.1 miles away); Farrar Home Place (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2020
4. Lynchburg Marker Detail
Moore County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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