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Blountville in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Blountville

Federal Guns on Cemetery Hill

 
 
Battle of Blountville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Battle of Blountville Marker
Inscription.  This is where Union forces stood as they attacked Blountville on September 22, 1863, during a campaign to control the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. On the day of the attack, the Confederates occupied Blountville while the Federal forces held the south bank of the Watauga River.

Union Colonel John W. Foster led his cavalry brigade across the river at 9 A.M., drove off pickets from Confederate Col. James E. Carter’s 1st Tennessee Cavalry, and then occupied Cemetery Hill. Foster shelled Carter’s positions in Blountville in front of you, then ordered a charge about sundown that pushed Carter’s regiment from the town.

Foster reported that he suffered six killed and fourteen wounded. The next day, he occupied Carter’s Depot as the Confederates withdrew.

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The cemetery here was created before 1824 on land that later belonged to the adjacent Blountville Presbyterian Church. Although churches typically had their own burying grounds, the local Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches, which stood near here, all shared this cemetery.

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Blountville from Cemetery
Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trial
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Hill — Copyright Anita B. Long (2002)
Blountville Presbyterian Church, which burned during the war. It was rebuilt later (shown with a red roof in the painting). Photograph ca. 1900 Courtesy Sullivan Co. Archives
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1871.
 
Location. 36° 31.943′ N, 82° 19.976′ W. Marker is in Blountville, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Blountville Cemetery Road, 0.1 miles north of County Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located in Blountville Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blountville TN 37617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Brigham (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Courthouse Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sullivan County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Blountville Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville
Battle of Blountville marker in Blountville Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Battle of Blountville marker in Blountville Cemetery
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Sullivan County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); King Ironworks Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blountville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 765 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022