Selmer in McNairy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Mobile & Ohio Railroad
Strategically Important Transportation Route
When Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant massed his army at Pittsburg Landing in April 1862, he intended to disrupt the railroad at Corinth or here at Bethel Station, but the Confederates struck first near Shiloh Church. After failing to defeat the Federals, the Confederate army retreated to Corinth. By
Local disputes about the location of the railroad right-of-way near the McNairy County town of Purdy resulted in a more-western route for the line. The county seat was moved to Selmer, on the railroad, in 1890.
"The Federals took possession or that portion or the Mobile & Ohio railroad near Bethel Station. They had nothing to oppose them. They burnt two bridges and tore up a portion of the track. All the Mobile & Ohio railroad north of Corinth has been abandoned." — Houston Telegraph, June 2, 1862
Mobile & Ohio Railroad, 1848 Courtesy Alabama Dept. of Archives & History
Bethel Springs rail yard, ca. 1900 — Courtesy McNairy County Archives
Gen. Grenville M. Dodge Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 10.174′ N, 88° 35.476′ W. Marker is in Selmer, Tennessee, in McNairy County. Marker is at the intersection of East Court Avenue (Business U.S. 64) and North Front Street, on the left when traveling south on East Court Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selmer TN 38375, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In affectionate memory of the early settlers of McNairy County and the Town of Purdy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); McNairy County War Memorial (about 800 feet away); McNairy County Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Trail of Tears (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Hurst Nation (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fielding Hurst and Purdy (approx. 5.4 miles away); Purdy (approx. 5˝ miles away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selmer.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.