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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near New Market in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Buckhorn Tavern / Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish

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Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
1. Buckhorn Tavern Marker
Buckhorn Tavern
Located in Section 18, Township 2, Range 2 East, this site was an early wayside stop for pioneer settlers as they traveled the road from Winchester, Tennessee into Madison County. The tavern predates the creation of the county, Dec. 13, 1808.

During the Creek Indian War (1813-1814), the Deposit Road was created at this point and stretched southeastward through Cherokee lands to Fort Deposit near Gunter's Landing. This became the supply route for General Andrew Jackson's forces. His deputy, Colonel John Coffee, stored supplies opposite the tavern and camped his troops (Nov. 22 - Dec. 8, 1813).

By tradition, the tavern took its name "Buckhorn" in 1858 when William L. Fanning killed a buck near the site and presented its antlers to the innkeeper. The antlers are now displayed at Buckhorn High School.

The original building was demolished in the early 1950s.
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Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish
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Buckhorn Tavern was the site of a skirmish on Oct. 12, 1863. Confederate General Philip D.
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Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
2. Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish Marker
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Roddey's Alabama Cavalry Brigade was moving south from New Market when it intercepted Union General Robert Mitchell's Cavalry Brigade, advancing northeast from Huntsville. A brisk firefight broke out, the opposing forces so close they could see each other's faces by the muzzle flashes. Both sides hesitated to advance in the approaching darkness and heavy rain. The Union troops camped for the night in the woods; the Confederates retired to New Market. The next morning, Roddey's Brigade rode on to Athens. The Union cavalry did not pursue.
Erected 1996 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 13, 1808.
Location. 34° 52′ N, 86° 27.317′ W. Marker is near New Market, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Winchester Road and Maysville Road, on the left when traveling south on Winchester Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Market AL 35761, 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. Madison County Poorhouse Farm Site and Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Bell Factory (approx. 3 miles away); New Market Presbyterian Church
Buckhorn Tavern / Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, June 5, 2010
3. Buckhorn Tavern / Buckhorn Tavern Skirmish Marker
Looking South along Winchester Road. Maysville Road is to the left.
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Town of New Market (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mount Paran Campground and Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Site of Quick Airplane (approx. 4½ miles away); Original Site of Enon Baptist Church (approx. 5.6 miles away); Early Settlers Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,093 times since then and 93 times this year. Last updated on August 19, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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