Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Surrender of Clarksville
After securing the forts, Foote steamed to the Clarksville landing just below here. He had observed several white flags including one over Fort Defiance. Arriving at the town landing, the Federals saw smoke rising from the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad bridge south of here, set afire by retreating Confederates.
Foote, on crutches from an ankle wound received at Fort Donelson, met with a group of citizens led by former postmaster general Cave Johnson, former county judge Thomas W. Wisdom, and Clarksville mayor George Smith. They asked Foote to ensure the safety of the townspeople and their property. Initially refusing to do so, Foote reconsidered and signed a proclamation the next day. Clarksville had
The New York Herald reported the event on February 24, 1862. On March 4, the New York Times included a map of the area; a reporter aboard Conestoga wrote the accompanying story.
Flag Officer Andrew H. Foote - Courtesy Library of Congress
USS Conestoga - Courtesy Howard Winn
Cave Johnson - Courtesy Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN
New York Times, March 4, 1862, showing Clarksville and forts Courtesy Howard Winn
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 31.745′ N, 87° 21.849′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Riverside Drive (Bypass U.S. 41A) and College Street (Tennessee Route 48), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the Clarksville Riverwalk. 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. Freedom Light (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarksville in the Civil War First Court House (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Montgomery Statue (approx. ¼ mile away); Town Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); Clarence Cameron White (approx. ¼ mile away); Kennedy & Glenn's Bank (approx. ¼ mile 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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