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Huntingdon in Carroll County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Hawkins Cousins

Two West Tennessee Unionists

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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 14, 2021
1. The Hawkins Cousins Marker
Inscription.  Although many West Tennessee residents favored secession, Unionism was strong in many areas, particularly in the counties near the Tennessee River. Two of the most notable Unionists lived on the south and north sides of Huntingdon.

Isaac R. Hawkins (1818–1880) was a son of Samuel Hawkins, who immigrated to West Tennessee in the 1820s with his brother John Hawkins. A lawyer, Isaac Hawkins volunteered for the infantry during the Mexican War. In 1861, he served as a delegate to the peace conference in Washington, D.C. As colonel of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry (US), he fought in Tennessee at Lexington, Trenton, and Union City. Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's forces captured Hawkins twice; he spent almost a year in prison camps. After the war, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives three times as a Republican.

Alvin Hawkins (1821–1905), a son of John Hawkins, also practiced law and won election to the Tennessee legislature in 1853. He supported John Bell's presidential campaign in 1860. After the Union occupation of West Tennessee, Hawkins assisted officials rebuilding local governments on behalf of Military
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Governor Andrew Johnson. He later served on the state supreme court, was elected governor as a Republican in 1880, and earned a reputation as a judicial and educational reformer.

The war divided the Hawkins family, as it did many others. Isaac Hawkins's brother, Lucian Hawkins, stayed with the Union. Of Alvin Hawkins's ten brothers, four became Confederates while Ashton W. Hawkins served as a captain under Isaac Hawkins in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry.

(Bottom left) Carroll County Courthouse (built 1845, burnt 1931), photo ca. 1860s.
(Top, left) Alvin Hawkins Courtesy Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
(Top, right) Gen. Nathan B. Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 36° 0.249′ N, 88° 25.008′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Tennessee, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Business U.S. 70) and Northwood Drive, on the right when traveling west on East Main
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Street. Marker is in a small park featuring two unrelated log cabins. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20315 East Main Street, Huntingdon TN 38344, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Thomas Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carroll County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oak Hill Cemetery (approx. Ό mile away); Nathan Nesbitt (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Divided Land (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carroll County Veterans Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mudslingers Studio (approx. 0.7 miles away); Isaac R. Hawkins (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Jan. 30, 2023