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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Captain John Gordon 1763-1819

First Postmaster of Nashville 1796-1797

 
 
Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pat Filippone, August 6, 2012
1. Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker
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Born in Virginia came to Nashville in 1782. Became a noted defender against the Indians of Old Fort Nashboro and the frontier settlements. Captain of a spy company of the Davidson County Regiment, participated in the Nickajack Expedition which ended Indian atrocities on the Cumberland. As Captain of the spies, reporting only to General Jackson, he distinguished himself in every battle of Jackson's Creek Campaign. In 1814 he performed alone a mission of great danger, as Jackson's special envoy to the Spanish Governor of Pensacola, which resulted in the capture of Pensacola and the cession of Florida to the United States. He led his company during the Seminole War of 1817-1818. Buried at Columbia, Tenn.
 
Erected 1932 by Division of History State of Tennessee and Descendants of John Gordon.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1782.
 
Location. 36° 9.524′ N, 86° 46.911′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is at the
Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pat Filippone, August 6, 2012
2. Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker
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intersection of 8th Avenue South and Broadway, on the right when traveling north on 8th Avenue South. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The South Field (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Alfred Hume (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Francis Fogg (within shouting distance of this marker); Nashville Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Nashville's First Public School (within shouting distance of this marker); Customs House (within shouting distance of this marker); Randall Jarrell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hume-Fogg High School (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, January 3, 2021
3. Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California.   3. submitted on January 26, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 16, 2022