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Alamo in Crockett County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Cageville in the Civil War

Divided Loyalties

Cageville in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Megan Smith, September 16, 2020
1. Cageville in the Civil War Marker
Inscription.  In 1861, this place was called Cageville, a small hamlet at an important West Tennessee crossroads. The residents here and at nearby Bells (then called Bells Depot) largely supported the Confederacy. In April 1861, 170 volunteers formed what would become Co. G, 27th Tennessee Infantry. The regiment fought as part of the Army of Tennessee for the next four years and suffered heavy casualties at the Battles of Shiloh and Stones River. Only three of the original volunteers survived the war.

Some of the men who stayed home became a thorn in the side of Union troops as partisans. On July 18, 1863, the Unionist Memphis Bulletin reported that "for some weeks a considerable force of rebel cavalry, under command of Colonel Jesse Forest, has been annoying the defenseless citizens of Madison, Henderson. and Haywood counties. ... Colonel [Edward] Hatch sent a portion of his forces to make a detour in the neighborhood Of Cageville, where a rebel force had been recently committing some depredations." By September, the paper reported, Unionist home guards were patrolling here, searching for "several small bands of thieving bandits who assumed
Crockett County Courthouse marker on left at entrance image. Click for full size.
By Megan Smith, September 16, 2020
2. Crockett County Courthouse marker on left at entrance
to rule tho county, and were amusing themselves by exercising the most outrageous insolence toward the people." The home guard captured three Confederates near Cageville: "Sam Grey, Alexander Waylor, and B.L. Bagby, who have made [their names] notorious by their unbridled conduct." The war's end in 1865 concluded the hostilities if not the hard feelings within the area.

Crockett County was formed in 1871 from parts of Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, and Madison counties. The courthouse was completed in 1874.

Area map - Courtesy Library of Congress
Col. Edward Hatch Courtesy Library of Congress
Confederate cavalry raiders, Century Magazine (ca. 1880)
Crockett Co. Courthouse - Courtesy Tennessee State Library & Archives
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° 47.111′ N, 89° 7.026′ W. Marker is in Alamo, Tennessee, in Crockett County. Marker is at the intersection of North Bells Street (Tennessee Route 88) and West Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North Bells Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alamo TN 38001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Edward Hatch image. Click for full size.
3. Edward Hatch
Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-78224)
other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert H. White, Ph. D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Crockett County's First Court (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Strawberries (approx. 6.6 miles away); Thomas Conyers, Sr. (approx. 10.6 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 11.4 miles away); Samuel Cole Williams (approx. 11˝ miles away); Tabernacle (approx. 11.8 miles away); Dunbar (approx. 15˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alamo.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee.   3. submitted on September 17, 2020. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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