Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Recapture of Clarksville
The Confederates crossed the bridge over Red River on the Hopkinsville Road and headed toward the Federal base at Steward College (now Austin Peay State University). Johnson’s column searched for Union commander Col. Rodney Mason downtown while Woodward swept toward the college. Mason hurried to the campus when he learned of the attack, but his three hundred soldiers of the 71st Ohio were scattered. Some were stationed at the two railroad bridges; and some patrolled telegraph lines.
Mason initially rebuffed the Confederate surrender demand but soon had second thoughts. Many residents had joined the Confederates, whose strength was reported at 800 but most likely consisted of half that number. Mason also assumed they faced two Confederate artillery pieces, but they were clever fakes produced by Johnson’s partisans and thereby accounting for
The Confederates gathered supplies and planned further operations in the Clarksville vicinity. Soon after, on August 25, Woodward attacked a detachment of the 71st Ohio at Dover but was repulsed, and he fell back to Clarksville.
Col. Rodney Mason Courtesy Martin Stewart
Col. Adam R. “Stovepipe” Johnson Courtesy Findagrave.com
Col. Thomas Woodward Courtesy Kentucky Library-Western Kentucky University
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 31.874′ N, 87° 21.24′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street (Tennessee Route 48) and University Avenue (Tennessee Route 112), on the right when traveling east on College Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksville TN 37040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Montgomery County Colleges (within shouting distance of this marker); Austin Peay State University (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Loftin Newman (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archwood (about 700 feet away); St. John Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Clarence Cameron White (approx. 0.3 miles away); Legion Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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