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Hawesville in Hancock County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 14, 2020
1. Captain William Davison Marker
Inscription.  
Captain William Davison
Confederate Captain William Davison is buried here. He died March 7, 1865, from a gunshot wound suffered in a firefight with Union Home Guard, February 24, 1865, near Patesville during the Civil War. Davison led a band of rebel guerrillas that raided counties from Brandenburg to Owensboro in 1864. The rebels burned the Dayiess County Courthouse, January 4, 1865.

Steamboat Disaster
Hawesville Cemetery is burial place for thirty-eight passengers of steamboat Reindeer who were killed when a boiler exploded on the Ohio River between Cannelton, Indiana, and Hawesville, March 13, 1854. A gravestone on the northeast edge marks the location where the victims were buried in a mass grave.
 
Erected 2002 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways; Presented by Hancock County Fiscal Court. (Marker Number 2097.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
Steamboat Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 14, 2020
2. Steamboat Disaster Marker
War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 37° 53.887′ N, 86° 45.314′ W. Marker is in Hawesville, Kentucky, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Jennings Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 60. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 US 60, Hawesville KY 42348, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. County Named - 1829 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hawesville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. half a mile away); Indiana Cotton Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away in Indiana); Captain John W. Cannon (approx. 1.8 miles away); Home of Robert C. Beauchamp / Early Plantation in County (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Court Proceedings (approx. 3.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away in Indiana). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hawesville.
 
Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 14, 2020
3. Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photographs of gravestones for Davison and Reindeer disaster victims. • Can you help?
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Mar. 5, 2021