“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Red Boiling Springs in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Site of Civil War Hospital

Red Boiling Springs Civil War Signs image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer
1. Red Boiling Springs Civil War Signs
Site of Civil War hospital & Confederate enlistment station signs.
Inscription.  This area was on a route used by Federal and Confederate troops as they made maneuvers between the Northern and Southern states. As they traveled thru, their sick and wounded were often left here for treatment. Dr. James Carson Weir, from neighboring Jackson County and a Minnesota native, was first appointed surgeon by Union forces and then by the Confederates in Sept. 1862 as Braxton Bragg's Army made its march this way. It was at this time that a Confederate hospital was established. The Federal Army took Dr. Weir prisoner after they had recaptured "Red Spring" from Confederate control. He was released after proving he was a Union sympathizer. The Dedman Hotel housed the hospital. It was the only hotel at the time and the best-suited facility with quarters large enough to accommodate such an endeavor.
Erected by Macon County Historical Society and Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp Jim Davis #1425.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1862.
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36° 31.817′ N, 85° 50.672′ W. Marker is in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 151), on the right when traveling west. Located in the Red Boiling Springs Park near the historic hotels. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Red Boiling Springs TN 37150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Enlistment Station (here, next to this marker); Red Boiling Springs (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Red Boiling Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cumberland Trace (approx. ¼ mile away); Palace Hotel (approx. half a mile away); McClellan's General Store (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gibbs Crossroads (approx. 6 miles away); Gamaliel (approx. 8.1 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Boiling Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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Apr. 15, 2021