Cornersville in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Lairdland Farm House
War and Romance
In September 1863, the 8th Texas Cavalry was assigned to Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s brigade to raid Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans’s supply line in Middle Tennessee and capture his wagon trains between Nashville and Chattanooga. Wheeler succeeded, but his raid ended a few miles northeast of here at Farmington, in a sharp encounter on October 7. Blackburn was wounded, taken to Lewisburg, left with family to recover, and fell into Union hands after Wheeler retreated into Alabama. He was paroled but was unwilling to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. In March 1864, Blackburn was permitted to move from Lewisburg to the vicinity of Brick Church and teach school. While there, he met the Lairds and their daughter. He later rejoined his
"If the terms of peace had been left to the men who faced each other in battle day after day, they would have stopped the war at once on terms acceptable to both sides (except the civil rulers) and honorable to all alike." — James K.P. Blackburn
(lower left) Capt. James K.P. Blackburn and Mary McMillian Laird Blackburn, 1867 — Courtesy Online Archives of Terry’s Texas Rangers
(upper right) Laird, Blackburn, and Gordon families on the porch at Lairdland, 1883 — Courtesy James K.P. Blackburn IV
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 16.545′ N, 86° 54.017′ W. Marker is in Cornersville, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from Blackburn Hollow Road 0.2 miles south Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3238 Blackburn Hollow Road, Cornersville TN 37047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. Thomas Kennedy Gordon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Giles County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bridgeforth High School (approx. 8½ miles away); Gabriel McKissack (approx. 8½ miles away); Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District (approx. 9 miles away); Sam Davis Avenue Historic District (approx. 9.1 miles away); John Adams (approx. 9.1 miles away); Donald Grady Davidson (1893~1966) John Crowe Ransom (1888~1974) (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Lairdland Farm House. (Submitted on July 6, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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