Monterey in Putnam County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
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.
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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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 13 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); White Plains (approx. 10.1 miles away); a different marker also named White Plains (approx. 10.4 miles away); Affair at Cumberland Mountain (approx. 12½ miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 12½ miles away); The Journey of the Bell (approx. 12½ miles away); Heart of Controversy (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2016, by Sandra Hughes 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.