Westmoreland in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Resort and Wartime Enlistment Center
The Epperson Springs Hotel, built by local businessmen so that residents and visitors could enjoy bathing and soaking in a mineral springs, stood here. Most of the state’s early resorts grew up around mineral springs; physicians often touted the value of “taking the waters,” or hydrotherapy, to their patients. The springs resorts were as well known for their social life as for their alleged cures.
Because of its prominent location near the Kentucky line, the resort became an enlistment center and a Confederate training camp in the autumn of 1861. It was known as Camp Jim Davis after the proprietor of the hotel. Companies B, C, D, and E, 7th Cavalry Battalion (later designated 22nd Barteau's Tennessee Cavalry Regiment), and Company E, 9th Tennessee Cavalry)were organized
Federal forces controlled the area by the middle of the war but faced constant harassment from both regular and irregular Confederate units. Early in May 1863, for example, a detachment of the 11th Kentucky Infantry (US) passed Epperson Springs as it pursued what commanders called a Confederate gang. Col. S. Pallance Love reported: "That whole
Union units likely formed here were Companies E and F, 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry, and Companies A and D, 8th Tennessee Infantry, all of which included Macon County men.
The Epperson Springs Hotel burned to the ground in 1926.
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. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 34.4′ N, 86° 11.983′ W. Marker was in Westmoreland, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker was on Epperson Springs Road, 0.2 miles west of Tooley Branch Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 9695 Epperson Springs Road, Westmoreland TN 37186, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Site of Epperson Springs (here, next to this marker); Site of Civil War Confederate Training Camp Jim Davis (here, next to this marker); Camp Jim Davis Epperson Springs (approx. 2.1 miles away); William Owen Bradley (approx. 2˝ miles away); A Family Tragedy (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Home of William Dunn (approx. 8.3 miles away); Jonathan Browning (approx. 8˝ miles away); World War II Maneuvers (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westmoreland.
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