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Cumberland City in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lyon's Raid

Dec. 9, 1864

 
 
Lyon's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 4, 2022
1. Lyon's Raid Marker
Inscription.  Gen. Hylan B. Lyon's Cavalry Brigade ferried here on the raid through West Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and North Alabama, using the steamer Ben South, captured by gunfire of Gracey's Battery under Lt. R.B. Matthews. They later captured the steamer Thomas E. Tutt and towboat Echo with four barges, a lt. col. and 49 other prisoners. The vessels were burned and sunk in the channel off this point.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3C 44.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 9, 1864.
 
Location. 36° 23.551′ N, 87° 38.518′ W. Marker is in Cumberland City, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland City Road (Tennessee Route 233) and Old Highway 149, on the left when traveling west on Cumberland City Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 613 Cumberland City Rd, Cumberland City TN 37050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Wells Creek Basin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lewis/Lyle House (approx. 3 miles away); Eighty Eight Steps to Knowledge (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Quarry Lime Kiln (approx. 6˝ miles away); The Limekilns (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bear Spring Furnace (approx. 8.4 miles away); Streight's Raid (approx. 9.2 miles away); Palmyra Furnace (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Lyon's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 4, 2022
2. Lyon's Raid Marker
Confederate Brig. Gen. Hylan Benton Lyon (1836-1907) image. Click for full size.
Unknown via Wikipedia (public domain), circa 1863
3. Confederate Brig. Gen. Hylan Benton Lyon (1836-1907)
During his December 1864 raid, his troops burned seven county courthouses being used as U.S. Army barracks. Lyon was captured in Red Hill, Alabama in January 1865 but escaped by pulling out a hidden pistol and killing the Union sergeant who captured him.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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