“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Battle of Athens

August 1 - 2, 1946

Battle of Athens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, November 13, 2011
1. Battle of Athens Marker
Inscription. The Battle of Athens was an armed revolt that gained national attention. Attempting to end the control of an entrenched political machine, World War II veterans used force to ensure that on the day of local elections in 1946 every vote “was counted as cast.” After local authorities locked themselves and the ballot boxes in the jail, veterans suspicious of foul play gathered weapons and ammunition and exchanged fire from this hill upon the jail, which once stood across the street. The besieged authorities surrendered. At a meeting in the courthouse, an interim government was set up, followed by the election of the veterans’ slate.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 102.)
Location. 35° 26.656′ N, 84° 35.652′ W. Marker is in Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is at the intersection of North White Street and East College Street, on the left when traveling south on North White Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 N White St, Athens TN 37303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Cleage (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Wesleyan College (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nocatula Legend (approx. 0.2 miles away); Petty-Manker Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Tyler Morgan (approx. 1.3 miles away); Road to Chattanooga (approx. 5.5 miles away); Harry Thomas Burn (approx. 5.5 miles away); Niota Depot (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . .  Battle of Athens (1946). Wikipedia (Submitted on November 16, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. Government
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,068 times since then and 35 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 16, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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