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McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gen. Benjamin J. Hill

"Lion of Ben Lomond" (1825-1880)

 
 
Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
1. Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker
Inscription.  Benjamin Jefferson Hill was nicknamed the "Lion of Ben Lomond" (for Ben Lomond Mountain, near which he lived as a boy). His affection for his home inspired his battle cry, "Come on Boys, recollect the mountains."

Hill became a merchant and the proprietor of McMinnville's Warren House Hotel and served in the Tennessee State Senate in the 1850s. When the war began, Hill joined the Confederacy as colonel of the 5th (later 35th) Tennessee Infantry and helped organize the 16th Tennessee Infantry at Camp Smartt near McMinnville. Hill served under Gen. Patrick Cleburne from the April 1862 Battle of Shiloh until Cleburne's death at the Battle of Franklin in November 1864. Hill was then promoted to brigadier general. Other engagements included Corinth, Richmond (where Hill was wounded in the fighting), Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge.

Hill served as provost marshal under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston between February and August 1864. Until the end of the war, he served in Gen. William H. Jackson's division of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest's cavalry corps and participated in the Battle of the Cedars near Murfreesboro
Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
2. Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail
Benjamin J. Hill Courtesy W. H. Maghness Community House & Library
and at Decatur and Selma, Alabama.

Paroled on May 16, 1865, Hill came back to McMinnville, read law and operated rebuilt Warren House. He urged all former Confederates to "take the oath" and return to a normal life. He became president of the McMinnville and Manchester Railroad and formed alliances with Reconstruction-era Republicans, such as former President Andre Johnson. Hill died in 1880 and is buried in the historic City Cemetery.

(Captions)
Lower left: Detail map of Middle and East Tennessee, 1862, showing McMinnville and Ben Lomond south of town - Courtesy Library of Congress
Upper left: Benjamin J. Hill - Courtesy W. H. Maghness Community House & Library
Lower right: Confederate Camp - Courtesy Library of Congress
Upper right: Warren House Hotel - Monty Wanamaker & Southern Museum & Galleries
 
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° 40.902′ N, 85° 46.389′ W. Marker is in McMinnville, Tennessee, in Warren
Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
3. Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail
Detail map of Middle and East Tennessee, 1862, showing McMinnville and Ben Lomond south of town Courtesy Library of Congress
County. Marker is on West Court Square south of East Morford Street (Tennessee Route 380), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located near southwest corner of Warren County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 S Court Square, Woodbury TN 37190, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Occupation of McMinnville (here, next to this marker); 16th Tenn. Reg’t. C.S.A. Memorial (a few steps from this marker); POW and MIA Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Elisha Pepper II (within shouting distance of this marker); Symbol of Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncle Dave Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Faulkner Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McMinnville.
 
Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
4. Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker Detail
Warren House Hotel Monty Wanamaker & Southern Museum & Galleries
Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
5. Gen. Benjamin J. Hill Marker
Marker is the closer one.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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