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Lenoir City in Loudon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Lenoir Plantation

Federal Occupation

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Photographed By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
1. Lenoir Plantation Marker
Inscription.  The 1863 Union raid on Lenoir Station, now Lenoir City, changed the lives of the family that owned the 2,700-acre plantation here. Dr. Benjamin B. Lenoir was one of four brothers who owned the property. His wife was Henrietta Ramsey Lenoir and his father-in-law was Dr. J.G.M Ramsey, a leading Knoxville physician and historian.

On June 19, 1863, Henrietta Lenoir walked out of her house, the two-story white building beside the fire station in front of you, and encountered Union Col. William P. Sanders and his forces. At first, because of their dusty uniforms, she mistook them for Confederate and was shocked to discover that they were Federals. Dr. Ramsey later wrote that his daughter remove money from the safe in the family store, hid it within “several hanks of yarn …(and then) quietly and deliberately passed out of the store—into and through the house and deposited the unseen treasure under a hedge in the garden.”

At the end of the summer, other Union troops occupied the railroad line. Dr. Ramsey wrote that they stripped the plantation and “took possession of Dr. Lenoir’s office (to the left of
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the house) and established in it their headquarters. …The officers’ tents were pitched in the yard and gardens around the house.” The Lenoirs later drew up a document claiming $70,000 in losses of 3,000 bushels of corn, 600 bushels of wheat, 50,000 pounds of hay, 400 head of livestock, 40,000 feet of timber, and 130 cotton bales.

In addition, the Lenoir family suffered the deaths of two young sons. In the spring of 1864, Henrietta Lenoir bore another son but remained deeply depressed. She died on May 25, 1864, at age 30.

Henrietta Ramsey Lenoir Courtesy Lenoir City Museum
Dr. Benjamin B. Lenoir, from The Centennial History of the Tennessee State Medical Association (1930)
Dr. Benjamin Lenoir House, ca. 1870, from Lenoir City Golden Jubilee: 1907-1957
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 1715.
Location. 35° 47.482′ N, 84° 15.896′ W. Marker is in Lenoir City, Tennessee, in Loudon County. Marker is at the intersection of East Broadway Street (U.S. 11) and Kingston Street, on the right when traveling east on
Lenoir Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
2. Lenoir Plantation Marker
East Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Broadway Street, Lenoir City TN 37771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Lenoir's Station (a few steps from this marker); Lenoir City Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Company B - Korean War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lenoir Cotton Mill (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Lenoir Cotton Mill (about 500 feet away); Lenoir's Station (about 500 feet away); Loudon County Korean War/Vietnam War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Loudon County World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lenoir City.
Lenoir Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
3. Lenoir Plantation Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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