Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
School and Headquarters
He outfitted a company of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry at his own expense. Two of Smith's sons — Robert D. and William A. Smith — served in the Confederate army, while Smith joined the Home Guard. Smith fled Columbia in 1862 when the Union army entered the city, and his wife Sarah operated the school thereafter. Smith marched away with the 2nd Tennessee Infantry and went into battle with them once. He later went to Memphis and then to Mobile, Alabama, where he designed and tested submarines as a scientist. In 1864, the Confederate government granted him a patent for a sea-going vessel.
The Grove, a few hundred yards ahead of you, served as a camp for each army at different times. In 1862, Union Gen. James S. Negley used this "study" building as his headquarters,
The Athenaeum school buildings, which stood to your right, were sold to the city in 1904 and razed in 1915. The Columbia Female Institute burned in 1959.
Left: Four of the Rev. Smith's children in front of their portrait: Robert D., Fannie, Frank H., and William Austin Smith. Frank was too young to enlist. Fannie Smith married Union Capt. Lewis M. Hosea in 1865. They met when he was camped here and his commander ordered him to assure the Rectory's occupants that they would be safe. All images courtesy Athenaeum Rectory
Center: The Rev. Franklin G. Smith
Right: Ground Plan of the Athenaeum, Columbia Tenn.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 35° 36.859′ N, 87° 2.47′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia TN 38401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter's Church (Episcopal) (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Knox Polk (approx. 0.2 miles away); James K. Polk House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel House Hotel / The Princess Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the First Law Office of James Knox Polk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia Fire Department (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Forrest-Gould Affair (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Edwin R. Carpenter (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. Anthenaeum. Tennessee Encyclopedia entry written by Richard Quin for the Tennessee Historical Society. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Tennessee SP Athenaeum, The. National Register of Historic Places inventory-nomination form for the site. From the National Archives Catalog. (Submitted on March 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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