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Near Bon Aqua in Hickman County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA / Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA

 
 
Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
1. Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  (side 1)
Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA
Born Nov. 6. 1837, Philip Van Horn Weems owned this property known as Weems's Springs prior to the Civil War. In May 1861, he enlisted in the Hickman Guards, later Co. H, 11th Regt. TN, Volunteer Infantry, CSA. He was elected captain of the company and later major of the regiment. Seriously wounded at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, he recovered but was mortally wounded during the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864 and died 2 days later. Originally buried in the Griffin, Ga. Confederate Cemetery, in 1885 his remains were reinterred in the family cemetery here. After the war this property was developed as Bon Aqua Springs Resort. The 11th TN, Infantry Regt. held its veterans reunion here at the Bon Aqua Springs Hotel on Sept. 24, 1885.

(side 2)
Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA
Operating behind Federal lines, Major J.R. "Dick" McCann's Confederate Cavalry Battalion was attacked August 19, 1863 while encamped here at Weems's Springs. McCann and 14 of his men were captured by 150 Federal troops of Co. F, 1st Missouri Cavalry and Co. C. 14th Michigan
Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
2. Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA Marker (side 2)
mounted Infantry sent from Hillsboro. The main body of McCann's command was guarding the Pinewood Factory west of here during the attack. Known as the "Guerilla Chieftain," McCann was imprisoned at Johnson's Island, OH until being exchanged in 1864. A veteran of the Mexican War, in 1861 he formed the Cheatham Rifles, later Co. B, 11th TN, Infantry, and was elected captain. He survived the war and was court clerk of Nashville at the time of his death in 1880.
 
Erected 2009 by Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 35° 56.737′ N, 87° 19.213′ W. Marker is near Bon Aqua, Tennessee, in Hickman County. Marker is on Old Highway 46 (County Highway 952) 0.2 miles north of Old Bon Aqua Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at John Noel State Natural Area trailhead. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bon Aqua TN 37025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bon Aqua Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); "Lonesome" Cabin (approx. 7.3 miles away); Hampton School (approx. 9.3 miles away); Cowan Lumber Company
Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
3. Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA Marker (side 1)
(approx. 9˝ miles away); McNairy’s Attack (approx. 9.6 miles away); Freedom Light (approx. 9.7 miles away); War Memorial Building (approx. 9.7 miles away); Dickson, Tennessee,100 Years 1899-1999 (approx. 9.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. There is a small unpaved parking area near the marker.
 
Regarding Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA / Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA. On Aug. 22, 1893, the Franklin (Tenn.) Sentinel reported on McCann's capture:

Fifteen of his men, among whom is a brother of his, were captured also, the remainder escaping through the dense forest. On approaching (USA) Capt. Mackey, McCann endeavored to conceal his rank — a star on his left breast — and on being asked who he was, gave his name as Johnson. The Captain saw immediately that in his prisoner he recognized the oft-described features of Dick McCann and said, "You can come no game on me: you are Dick McCann." He replied, "Yes, sir, I am Major J.R. McCann, and I am your prisoner."

After the war, Tennessee's Reconstruction government charged McCann with murder for his role in the execution of the East Tennessee Bridge Burners. The case drew attention from the national media and top military and government officials, including then-Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. In 1866 a
Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
4. Capture of Major Dick McCann, CSA Marker (side 2)
Knox County, Tenn. jury acquitted McCann, who later became Nashville court clerk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Major Philip Van Horn Weems (video). Biographical video of Major Philip Van Horn Weems of the 11th Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A. Weems was mortally wounded in the July 22, 1864 fighting of the Battle of Atlanta, GA. Posted by Todd Cathey. (Submitted on September 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Camp 2034 Places Historical Markers. (Submitted on September 8, 2020.)
 
Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Library of Congress, circa 1863
5. Major Philip Van Horn Weems, CSA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2020. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 7, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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