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Blaine in Grainger County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Janeway Cabin

When the Veterans Came Home

 
 
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By Tom Bosse
1. Janeway Cabin Marker
Inscription. This single-room cabin was constructed about six miles east of here, the home of John Janeway and his wife, Gertrude. It is typical of such dwellings in Appalachian Tennessee. During the Civil War, Janeway join the fighting late, in June 1864, enlisting in the 14th Illinois Cavalry after encountering a group of Union soldiers on his was to Massengill Mill to deliver a load of corn. Only 17 years old, he changed his last name to January to keep his parents from finding him. He was captured during Gen. George Stoneman's raid on Macon, Georgia, and held in a Confederate prison before his release in December 1864.

After the Battle of Knoxville in November 1863, Union and Confederate forces occupied parts of Grainger County. Union Gen. James G. Spears, commanding the 25th Infantry Brigade, made his headquarters at Stones Mill, a mile east of the Janeway cabin. On December 17, his troops clashed with Confederate Gen. James Longstreet's command on the southside east of Richland Creek. By December 21, Longstreet established headquarters at Shields Station while Spears had moved his headquarters to Massengill Mill by December 23. The war moved away from the Janeway cabin.

In 1928, when Janeway was 81 years old, he married 18-year-old Gertrude Grubb. After he died in 1937, Gertrude Janeway continued to live in the cabin until
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her death in 2003, the last widow of a Union veteran in Tennessee.
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 9.174′ N, 83° 42.019′ W. Marker is in Blaine, Tennessee, in Grainger County. Marker is at the intersection of Indian Ridge Road and Old Rutledge Pike, on the left when traveling north on Indian Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Indian Ridge Road, Blaine TN 37709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blaine's Crossroads (here, next to this marker); Emory Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shields Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sawyer's Fort (approx. 3 miles away); McBee's Ferry (was approx. 6.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Nicholas Gibbs Homestead (approx. 8.3 miles away); Frances Hodgson Burnett (approx. 8.6 miles away); Roy Claxton Acuff (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blaine.
 
Also see . . .
1. War Brides. (Submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Last Yankee war widow dies. (Submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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By Tom Bosse
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Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Tom Bosse
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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