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Gallatin in Sumner County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Trousdale Place

Elder Statesman's Home

Trousdale Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 23, 2013
1. Trousdale Place Marker
Inscription.  This was the home of William Trousdale (1790-1872), governor of Tennessee (1849-1851) and U.S. minister to Brazil (1853-1857). During the Union army’s occupation of Gallatin from 1862 to 1870, its commanders regarded former governor Trousdale as the county’s elder statesman despite his strong support for the Confederacy. Both the army and local citizens turned to him for assistance in dealing with each other. He and his family were permitted to remain here. Occasionally, he was ordered to accommodate Union needs, to provide a room for a court martial or to house a group of women accused of pro-Confederate activities.

Eighteen miles north of Gallatin, near Portland, a Confederate training camp established in 1861 was named Camp Trousdale in his honor. Both his sons, Charles W. and Julius A. Trousdale, were seriously wounded while serving in the Confederate army. Charles Trousdale joined the 9th Tennessee Cavalry and Julius Trousdale served in the 2nd Tennessee Infantry.

William Trousdale served under Gen. Andrew Jackson in the Creek War, again in the War of 1812 at Pensacola and New Orleans, and in the Seminole War of 1836.
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He completed his military career as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army in the 1847-1848 war with Mexico.

The bronze statue of a Confederate soldier stands atop the granite monument you see. It was unveiled on September 20, 1903.

William Trousdale acquired Trousdale Place about 1830. Congressman John H. Bowen had almost completed its construction when he died in 1822. The site was originally part of the 640-acre North Carolina Land Grant No. 1 to James Trousdale, William Trousdale’s father, who sold it in 1802 for laying out the town of Gallatin. The Trousdale family owned the house until 1900 when it was deeded to Clark Chapter 13, United Daughters of the Confederacy, in memory of the Confederate soldiers of Sumner County and to her soldiers “in any other war or wars.” Trousdale Place exhibits characteristics of Federal style architecture, notably its handsome doorway and staggered Flemish-bond brickwork.

William Trousdale Courtesy Trousdale Place
Julius A. Trousdale Courtesy Trousdale Place
Sumner County Courthouse and Gallatin Mill, 1862 Courtsey Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers
Trousdale Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 23, 2013
2. Trousdale Place Marker
War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1820.
Location. 36° 23.248′ N, 86° 26.947′ W. Marker is in Gallatin, Tennessee, in Sumner County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Tennessee Route 25) and South Locust Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 183 W Main St, Gallatin TN 37066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Trousdale Place (here, next to this marker); Confederate Soldiers Monument (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Trousdale Place (within shouting distance of this marker); The Westward Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallatin, Tennessee (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gallatin Public Square (about 400 feet away); Maywood (about 500 feet away); City Cemetery / Mexican War Monument (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallatin.
Trousdale Place Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 23, 2013
3. Trousdale Place Marker
Confederate Soldier in front of house
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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