Maryville in Blount County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Maryville During the Civil War
Fighting directly touched Maryville, the county seat, in August 1864. Confederate Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalrymen attacked a small detachment of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry (U.S.) under Lt. James M. Dorton at the courthouse. A federal officer later reported that the Confederates, “not caring to hazard lives by storming the place, very foolishly, and I may say criminally set fire into the court-house and burn the enemy out; but instead of doing so the fire spread in all other directions and left the garrison uninjured. The result was all the business property and a great deal of residence property was destroyed, and the people turned out homeless. The fire did not injure the court-house, being isolated from the other buildings.” A Confederate soldier, William Sloan, confided in his diary: “A shameful feature of this fire is that nearly all the victims are people of southern sympathies, and many of their sons are away in the Confederate Army.”
Blount County Courthouse, 1842-1879, by John Collins, ca. 1870 - Courtesy Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
George Toole House, used as Union headquarters, 1864 Courtesy The Daily Times, Dean Stone Collection
Samuel Pride House, occupied by officers of each side. Missing two-story porch burned during the war - Courtesy The Daily Times, Dean Stone Collection
Polly Toole by Sculptor Joyce McCroskey
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 45.369′ N, 83° 58.454′ W. Marker is in Maryville, Tennessee, in Blount County Touch for map. The marker is located along the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway in Bicentennial Greenbelt Park. Marker is in this post office area: Maryville TN 37801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Providence Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Where Houston Enlisted (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montvale Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pride Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Relief of Knoxville (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Bennett Scott, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Craig's Fort (approx. half a mile away); Maryville College (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maryville.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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