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Crossville in Cumberland County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Cumberland County at War

Divided by Conflict

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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
1. Cumberland County at War Marker
Inscription.  Divided loyalties in Tennessee produced a bitter and violent Civil War experience in Cumberland County, the only county that did not report a vote either for or against secession. Confederate supporters joined Co. B, Lt. Col. Oliver P. Hamilton’s Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, and Cos. A and B, 28th Tennessee Infantry, among others. Unionist Robert C. Swan formed Co. D, 2nd Tennessee Infantry (USA). Polly Hand and Richard “Red Fox” Flynn conducted Unionists to Federal units in Kentucky via the Underground Railroad network. County founder, state legislator, and Confederate Eldridge Myatt, captured at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, died in the Federal prison at Rock Island, Illinois. Unionists John E. Brewer and John R. Swan died in the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.

Guerillas on both sides killed and wreaked havoc on civilians here. Union raiders “Tinker” Dave Beatty and Harve Shillin (a local resident) stole cattle, horses, plow mules and food. Confederate raiders Champ Ferguson and Col. John M. Hughes stole hundreds of Federal horses. In July 1864, as the 4th Tennessee Infantry (USA) pursued them,
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
2. Cumberland County at War Marker
Maj. T.H. Reeves declared “the citizens…aiders and abettors to the thieving band” and seized their property.

Andrew Kemmer built a false wall to conceal corn from Union soldiers. A neighbor told the Federals, who broke down the wall and took the corn. The Thomas Majors and Samuel Brady families buried a large wooden box of goods in a stable. Years later, the Brady family donated the box to the Cumberland County Military Museum, housed in the former county courthouse before you.

“I understand that there has been some of the good old friends of the Rebellion deceast not long cince all I hated about it was there hadn’t been a few more of them that went the same way. …I walked over the bloody field of Murfreesboro…(and) beheld the carnage and goar at one sight I could behold a thousand men which had just crest the chilly waters of Jordan. I am getting tierd of this unholy war…(w)raping the winding sheat around many a found mothers, nobly boy and sprinkling ther hearth stones with tears.” — Sgt. Azariah Dorton (Cumberland Co. resident), 2nd Tennessee Infantry (USA), June 11, 1863

Richard “Red Fox” Flynn (USA) and wife, Zilphia Flynn — Courtesy Gary Brewer
Sgt. John Franklin Cooley (CSA), county resident Courtesy Regina Hodge
Federal artillery in East
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
3. Cumberland County Military Memorial Museum
Tennessee mountains, Harper’s Weekly, Nov. 21, 1863
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 56.86′ N, 85° 1.575′ W. Marker is in Crossville, Tennessee, in Cumberland County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 127) north of West 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in front of Cumberland County Military Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 S Main St, Crossville TN 38555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cumberland County's First Steam Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland County Families (approx. 3.6 miles away); Kemmer Stand / Tavern (approx. 6.4 miles away); Champ Ferguson (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Journey of the Bell (approx. 9.6 miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 9.6 miles away); Affair at Cumberland Mountain (approx. 9.6 miles away); Thomas "Big Foot" Spencer (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crossville.
Categories. War, US Civil
Cumberland County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
4. Cumberland County Courthouse

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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