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Monterey in Putnam County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Stokes' Atrocity

Stokes' Atrocity Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 15, 2016
1. Stokes' Atrocity Marker (side 1)
(side 1)
Four miles north of this site, the atrocity occurred during the War Between the States. On March 12, 1864, Federal Col. William B. Stokes and approximately 200 soldiers of the 5th Tenn. Volunteer Cavalry (Union) surrounded the homes of a southern sympathizer and shot six unarmed Confederate soldiers. These soldiers, led by 2nd Lt. Robert S. Davis, included members from Terry's 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment and one Alabama cavalryman. They became separated from their original outfit and had recently joined forces with Captain Champ Ferguson's independent cavalry company.

(side 2)
Days earlier the Confederates had routed Col. Stoke's command in skirmish at Dug Hill on the Calfkiller River. Shortly after the shooting at the house, Lt. Davis — the only Confederate wounded and not killed outright — was taken into the yard, tied to a cedar gatepost and his body riddled with bullets. His last words were "you ought not to do this, I have never done anything but my sworn duty."
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 12, 1864.
Location. 36° 8.845′ N, 85° 16.066′ W. Marker is in Monterey, Tennessee, in Putnam County. Marker is on East Commercial Avenue (Tennessee Route 62) east of South Holly Street, on the right when traveling east. Across street from Cup & Saucer Restaurant and next to Phillips Shoes Store. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey TN 38574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. John T. Wilder (within shouting distance of this marker); Standing Stone Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Standing Stone (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Cumberland Hotel / Saint Raphael Mission (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Standing Stone (approx. half a mile away); Mount Granger (approx. 7.1 miles away); France Cemetery (approx. 9.3 miles away); Cap't Champ Ferguson (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Stokes' Atrocity Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 15, 2016
2. Stokes' Atrocity Marker (side 2)
Stokes' Atrocity Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 4, 2019
3. Stokes' Atrocity Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 221 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2016, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on July 7, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023