Westmoreland in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Resort and Wartime Enlistment Center
Because of its prominent location near the Kentucky line, the resort became an enlistment center and a Confederate training camp in the autumn of 1861. It was known as Camp Jim Davis after the proprietor of the hotel. Companies B, C, D, and E, 7th Cavalry Battalion (later designated 22nd Barteau's Tennessee Cavalry Regiment), and Company E, 9th Tennessee Cavalry)were organized
Federal forces controlled the area by the middle of the war but faced constant harassment from both regular and irregular Confederate units. Early in May 1863, for example, a detachment of the 11th Kentucky Infantry (US) passed Epperson Springs as it pursued what commanders called a Confederate gang. Col. S. Pallance Love reported: "That whole country is infested with the thieving party. They have nearly devastated that country, and stolen nearly all the good horses from the citizens."
Union units likely formed here
The Epperson Springs Hotel burned to the ground in 1926.
Epperson Springs - Courtesy Randy East, Macon County Historian
Guerrillas stealing horses, Harper's Weekly, Dec. 24, 1864
Idyllic postwar view of a Confederate camp Courtesy of Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 34.4′ N, 86° 11.983′ W. Marker is in Westmoreland, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on Epperson Springs Road 0.2 miles west of Tooley Branch Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9695 Epperson Springs Road, Westmoreland TN 37186, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Family Tragedy (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Home of William Dunn (approx. 8.3 miles away); World War II Maneuvers (approx. 8.6 miles away); Macon County in the Civil War Macon County (approx. 10.3 miles away); Macon County War Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away); Macon County Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 10.3 miles away); Woodmore Hotel (approx. 10.3 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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