Huntingdon in Carroll County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A Divided Land
The Civil War in Carroll County
Early in the conflict, while Carroll County was part of the Confederacy, many citizens remained loyal to the United States. Poorer farmers in the eastern agricultural districts tended to be Unionists. After the fall of Fort Donelson left West Tennessee in Federal hands, five companies of county men were mustered into the 7th Tennessee Cavalry in November 1862. Other Unionists joined the 6th Tennessee Cavalry, and because of their familiarity with the countryside, they were often assigned to scouting and occupation duties.
The most serious military actions in the county took place during the last two weeks
In February 1861, Carroll County citizens held a mass meeting at the brick courthouse in Huntingdon to discuss the question of secession. The residents appointed a committee to draft a resolution that expressed their sentiments, declaring that “we are in favor of the seceding States being restored to their allegiance to the Government of the United States, peaceably if possible, but forcibly if necessary.” The majority at the meeting approved the resolution.
(Left) Carroll County Courthouse (built 1845, burnt 1931), photo ca. 1860s Courtesy Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
(Center) Western Tennessee, 1865.
(Right) Col. Isaac R. Hawkins; Gen. Nathan B. Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress
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. 36° 0.035′ N, 88° 25.667′ W. Marker is in Huntingdon, Tennessee, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Square and Lexington Street (Tennessee Route 22), on the left when traveling east on Court Square. Marker is on Carroll County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 Court Square, 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. Carroll County Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Mudslingers Studio (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carroll County War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Historic Thomas Park (approx. half a mile away); The Hawkins Cousins (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nathan Nesbitt (approx. 1.3 miles away); Isaac R. Hawkins (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntingdon.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.