Morristown in Hamblen County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Caught in the Crossﬁre
Morristown in the Civil War
Amid Confederate zeal, Union Lt. James A. Bird, Co. F, 2nd Tennessee Infantry (US), also recruited soldiers. He was wounded while burning bridges in East Tennessee under his commander, Capt. David Fry. Bird, discharged in 1863, opened a store in Morristown, despite wounds, illness, and persecution for his service.
At the Battle of Morristown on October 28, 1864, Union Gen. Alvan C. Gillem's men attacked Confederate Gen. John C. Vaughn's force, which retreated toward Russellville. The fight was personal, as both generals were native Tennesseans. Vaughn reported, "I regret to say that my command was stampeded at Morristown this morning...the enemy has a superior force to mine, and I lost a good many men as prisoners." Two weeks later, however, Vaughn and Gen. John C. Breckinridge prevailed against Gillem at Bull's Gap.
Erected by Tennesse Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 12.733′ N, 83° 17.9′ W. Marker is in Morristown, Tennessee, in Hamblen County. Marker is at the intersection of North Jackson Street and West First N Street (Route 66), on the left when traveling north on North Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown TN 37814, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morris Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morristown College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Erected in Memory of the 22 Hamblen County Boys Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War (approx. 1.7 miles away); Crockett Tavern (approx. 1.9 miles away); Return From Kentucky (approx. 3 miles away); Dewitt Clinton Senter (approx. 3.1 miles away); Colonel Robert McFarland (approx. 4.2 miles away); Panther Springs (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
Also see . . . Battle of Morristown. (Submitted on March 12, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.