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Norris in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War in Anderson County

"Skulking bushwhackers"

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
1. Civil War in Anderson County Marker
Inscription.
Divided loyalties in Anderson County, as elsewhere in East Tennessee, often erupted in violence. It was commonplace for guerillas on both sides to raid farms and capture opposing sympathizers. In the county seat of Clinton, Confederates established a conscription center to draft men into military service. Many Unionists, trying to avoid conscription, stole across the border into Kentucky to join the Federal army. They used "Eli's Cabin," built by county resident Eli Lovejoy Ward, as a safe house to rest and eat before heading over the mountains.

A small engagement occurred in the county on July 25, 1862, when a Federal foraging party fired on Confederate cavalry pickets at Clinton Ferry. Confederate forces moved quickly to establish control of the area. An East Tennessee correspondent for the Atlanta Intelligencer reported, "The number of [Confederate] troops gathering here renders this a place of some interest ... situated on the Clinch river, twenty miles north of Knoxville. ... Cooking utensils, baggage and tents, have been given up, and large supplies of ammunition are being collected. There are no armed enemies near us, except the skulking bushwhackers, and they are getting extremely cautious in their movements." Even after the war ended, resentments lingered.

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Norris
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
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Union refugees
Courtesy Library of Congress
Dam State Park, built in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project, features 4,000 acres along the Norris Reservoir, which furnished electricity and controlled flooding in the Tennessee Valley. A corn and wheat mill, constructed in Union County by James Rice in 1798, was dismantled in 1935 and reassembled on Clear Creek. The building has served as a sawmill, cotton gin, and source of power for the Rice homestead. The nearby Old Emery Road, "cut and cleared" in 1787, was the first authorized road connecting Kingston to Knoxville and Nashville. Travelers stayed in the David Hall Cabin, a tavern built in 1799. Confederate soldiers occupied it during the war.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 12.728′ N, 84° 4.378′ W. Marker is in Norris, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Norris Freeway (U.S. 441) 0.1 miles south of Clear Creek Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot of the Lenoir Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris TN 37828, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norris Dam (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Tennessee Valley Authority (approx.
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
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"Mountain Region of North Carolina and Tennessee," 1864
Courtesy Library of Congress
1.2 miles away); The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ghosts of Convict Miners (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fort Anderson (approx. 5.2 miles away); Why Miners Fought (approx. 5.2 miles away); Coal Creek War (approx. 5.2 miles away); Convict Lease System (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norris.
 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil
 
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Guerillas meeting with scouts — Courtesy Tennessee State Library & Archives
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
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Old Rice Mill, Norris Dam
Tennessee State Library & Archives
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
6. Civil War in Anderson County Marker
Lenoir Museum is in the background.
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By Joel Seewald, June 2, 2018
7. Civil War in Anderson County Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 20, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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