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Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Cherry Mansion

 
 
The Cherry Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
1. The Cherry Mansion Marker
Inscription. Built by slaves with bricks made from riverbank clay, the Cherry Mansion is the oldest home in Savannah. When the Federal army arrived here in March 1862, William Harrell Cherry, a strong Union sympathizer, offered his home to Federal officers. For the next month the house served as the headquarters of Major General Ulysses S. Grant.

On the morning of April 6, 1862, Grant, breakfasting with his staff, walked out on the porch of the mansion and heard the rumble of distant cannon. "Gentlemen, the ball is in motion," he declared. He quickly boarded a transport and started for Pittsburg Landing and the Battle of Shiloh, nine miles southwest.

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On April 6, Union general William H.L. Wallace fell with a horrid wound to his head. He lay on the field at Shiloh overnight but on April 7 was carried to the Cherry Mansion. For three days his wife Ann, who had come to the front for a surprise visit, tended to him. "Will" Wallace died in the mansion's library on April 10.

"He suffered so much, so much....My darling knew that he was going! He pressed my head to his breast long and fondly, then waved me away and said, 'We meet in Heaven.'"
Ann Wallace

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The Cherry mansion, circa 1884
At least two pieces of furniture that date to Grant's presence here
The Cherry Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
2. The Cherry Mansion Marker
Marker is on the very left
remain in the Cherry Mansion: the piano and a desk.
 
Location. 35° 13.555′ N, 88° 15.431′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street and Hogohegee Drive. Touch for map. West Main dead ends at the historic Cherry Mansion. A walkway leads about 30 yards down to the river and the Trail of Tears Overlook Park. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah TN 38372, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Crossing (here, next to this marker); War on the River (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Cherry Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant at Cherry Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); War Comes to Savannah (approx. mile away); Joseph Hardin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Journal: Cherry Mansion. This page includes multiple pictures of the interior of the mansion to include the room where Wallace died (Submitted on April 30, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
W. H. L. Wallace and Ann Wallace image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
3. W. H. L. Wallace and Ann Wallace
"He suffered so much, so much...My darling knew that he was going! He pressed my head to his breast long and fondly, then waved me away and said, 'We meet in Heaven.'"
Cherry Mansion Interior image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
4. Cherry Mansion Interior
At least two pieces of furniture that date to Grant's presence here remain in the Cherry Mansion: the piano and a desk.
The Cherry Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
5. The Cherry Mansion
The W.H.L. Wallace Mortuary Monument at Shiloh image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, April 28, 2017
6. The W.H.L. Wallace Mortuary Monument at Shiloh
This monument marks the spot where Wallace fell mortally wounded at Shiloh.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 30, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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