Kingsport in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Suﬀering and Survival
Civil War in Sullivan County
Determined to control the railroad, Union forces attacked the county seat, Blountville, on September 22, 1863. Col. John W. Foster shelled the town for four hours, burning the courthouse and forcing a Confederate retreat as terrified residents fled. The Battle of Kingsport erupted on December 13, 1864, when Gens. Stephen G. Burbridge's and Alvan C. Gillem's forces struck Confederate Col. Richard Morgan's troops at the Holston River. Morgan believed that a damaged bridge would prevent an attack, but a surprise Federal assault caused 100 Confederate casualties.
Some local Unionists found a haven on Bays Mountain. Federal chaplain William S. DePew,
Top right: Kingsport, ca. 1910 - Soldiers foraging. - Unionist refugees
Bottom right: Blountville, looking east from near the Union position, with the Masonic Female Institute at upper right, ca. 1900
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 29′ N, 82° 32.945′ W. Marker is in Kingsport, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from James H Quillen Parkway (Interstate 26 at milepost 5). Touch for map. Located at the State of Tennessee I-26 Kingsport Washington and Sullivan County Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Kingsport TN 37664, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Avery Treaty (approx. 3.1 miles away); Donelson Flotilla (approx. 3.1 miles away); Douglass High School Battle of Island Flats (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Island Flats (approx. 3.8 miles away); Train Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); Bank Of Kingsport (approx. 4.3 miles away); Kingsport Drug (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsport.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.