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Blountville in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Battle of Blountville

Confederate Position

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
1. Battle of Blountville Marker
Inscription. You are in the former schoolyard of the Masonic Female Institute, where Confederate troops stood as they defended Blountville on September 22, 1863. Col. James E. Carter's 1st Tennessee Cavalry withdrew that morning of 1863 from the Watauga River to positions such as the one here that had already been prepared to block the Union Col. John W. Foster's cavalry brigade after it crossed the river. Foster took up a position on Cemetery Hill on the western end of town early in the afternoon, and a destructive artillery duel ensued. After four hours of fighting and shelling, the Confederates withdrew to Carter's Depot on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad a few miles east of here as Federals charged through the town near dusk.

Carter lost a cannon and about fifty men captured in battle. The next day, he evacuated the depot, leaving it in Foster's hands.

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White Side Lodge No. 13 constructed the Masonic Female Institute in 1855 “to promote female education.” Jefferson Academy, the boys’ school, which stood near Cemetery Hill, contributed funds for the construction of the girls’ school. The academy was closed about 1900, and the girls’ school then became the Masonic Institute for both girls and boys until 1919.

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Blountville, looking east from near the Union
Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trail map image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
2. Battle of Blountville / Heritage Trail map
position, with the Masonic Female Institute at upper right, ca. 1900 - Courtesy Sullivan Co. Archives
Masonic Female Institute, 1907 - Courtesy Hunt Library
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 31.931′ N, 82° 19.526′ W. Marker is in Blountville, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Franklin Drive 0.1 miles east of Tennessee Route 394, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blountville TN 37617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anderson Townhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cannonball House (about 400 feet away); Old Deery Inn (about 400 feet away); Ralph Blizard (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Old Deery Inn (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (about 500 feet away); Sullivan County (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Blountville (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blountville.
 
Categories. EducationWar, US Civil
 
Battle of Blountville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 31, 2013
3. Battle of Blountville Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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