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Rogersville in Hawkins County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rogersville Engagements

Hawkins County in the Civil War

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, February 10, 2018
1. Rogersville Engagements Marker
Inscription. In June 1861, 1,250 Hawkins County residents voted against secession, while 835 voted in favor. Rural residents tended to have Unionist sympathies but townspeople such as those in Rogersville sided with the Confederacy.

Confederate forces often occupied Rogersville during the war. On August 21, 1864, Union General Alvan C. Gillem sent Lt. Col. William H. Ingerton, 13th Tennessee Cavalry, to drive them out. The Federals killed 23 and captured 35. Two days later, after Confederate forces reoccupied Rogersville, Ingerton returned and killed 13 and captured 24. During Federal occupations the Hale Springs Inn usually served as headquarters.

Confederate Congressman Joseph B. Heiskell was among those captured in Ingerton's first attack. A Rogersville lawyer, Heiskell argued cases in the courthouse here and electioneered here during his 1857-1859 terms in the Tennessee General Assembly. He opposed secession at first but changed his mind after the attack on Fort Sumter and President Abraham Lincoln's call for volunteers, and was elected to the Confederate Congress in 1862.

Gillem wrote to Lincon that "Joe Heiskell walked to meet us [to surrender]." Lincoln inquired teasingly of Gillem, "Does Joe Heiskell's 'walking to meet us' mean any more than Joe was scared and wanted to save his skin?" Heiskell was imprisoned
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By Tom Bosse, February 10, 2018
2. Rogersville Engagements Marker
for the rest of the war at Camp Chase, Ohio. After his release, he was a delegate to the 1870 Tennessee Constitutional Convention, served as attorney general and state court reporter, and compiled Heiskell's Reports of Tennessee Supreme Court Cases, still in use. He died in 1913.

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This Greek Revival-style courthouse , one of the earliest surviving in Tennessee, was constructed in 1836-1837 from architect John Dameron's design. At different times during the Civil War, each side used it as a headquarters.
 
Erected 2017 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 24.395′ N, 83° 0.385′ W. Marker is in Rogersville, Tennessee, in Hawkins County. Marker is on South Depot Street south of East Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rogersville TN 37857, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hawkins County, Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogersville Town Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cemetery - First Presbyterian Church of Rogersville
Hawkins County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, February 10, 2018
3. Hawkins County Courthouse
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Peter Stewart (about 400 feet away); Dr. William Henderson Franklin (about 600 feet away); St. Marks Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Swift Memorial College (about 600 feet away); Tennessee's First Newspaper (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Hale Springs Inn image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, February 10, 2018
4. Hale Springs Inn
Confederate Congressman Joseph B. Heiskell image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. Confederate Congressman Joseph B. Heiskell
Union General Alvan C. Gillem image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. Union General Alvan C. Gillem
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 11, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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