Rogersville in Hawkins County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Hawkins County in the Civil War
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
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.
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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Peter Stewart 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.
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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 49 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.