Buffalo Valley in Putnam County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War in Tennessee
North of Ext 258 is Carthage, where part of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's army passed during its 1862 Kentucky invasion. A large Union garrison there occupied the Battery Hill fort overlooking the town, the Cumberland river and the roads.
Federal troops burned the county courthouse in Cookeville (Exit 287), a major crossroads for both armies, in 1865 just before the war ended.
South of Exit 288 is Sparta, where in 1864 a Federal commander, frustrated by guerrilla Champ Ferguson and other partisans, ordered his troops to plunder local homes. Sparta native Confederate Gen. George Dibrell served with Gen. Nathan B. Forrest's cavalry.
Union Gen. John T. Wilder's postwar home is located off Exit 300 in Monterey. The Officer Farm is north of town. An 1864 firefight there ended with five Confederates dead and a sixth executed. France Cemetery, where Ferguson was buried after his October 1865 trial and execution for murder, is south of Exit 300.
Follow the routes of the armies along the Tennessee Civil War Trails. Colorful markers at each stop tell the story of the war's interesting people, places,
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 8.401′ N, 85° 48.367′ W. Marker is in Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 40 at milepost 266, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Smith County Rest Area on I-40. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo Valley TN 38548, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee Veterans (here, next to this marker); U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Civil War in Granville (approx. 9.1 miles away); Granville, Tennessee (approx. 9.1 miles away); Baxter Seminary (approx. 9.4 miles away); Upper Ferry (approx. 10.6 miles away); Bragg Invades Kentucky (approx. 11.2 miles away); Captain William Walton (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo Valley.
Also see . . . Champ Ferguson: Hero & Martyr, or Something Else? (Submitted on July 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.