Friendsville in Blount County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Underground Railroad
Friendsville Quakers and Cudjo's Cave
After the passage of the Confederate Conscription Act in 1862, Friend William J. Hackney began using a cave near his house to aid these efforts. The cave, across the creek from the meeting house, remained undetected because the entrance was beside a little-used road and was hidden by thick overgrowth. The narrow opening led to a large room that could accommodate about 50 people. A nearby spring provided water, and Hackney supplied bedding and provisions for his guests. His wife shared her husband’s faith and supported his humanitarian efforts by cooking meals and assisting the travelers.
After the Federal army occupied East Tennessee, Hackney was offered a reward for his services and a position on the staff of Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside in Knoxville. Despite assisting more than 2,000 people,
While Burnside’s guest in Knoxville, Hackney described the cave and his work to writer John Townsend Trowbridge. Trowbridge based his popular 1863 novel, Cudjo’s Cave, on this account, and since then the Friendsville cave has been known by this name.
Escaping slaves, 1864 - Courtesy Library of Congress
Friends Meetinghouse, by John Collins, 1870 Courtesy George B. Henry Collection
John Townsend Trowbridge Courtesy Library of Congress
Cudjo’s Cave Courtesy George B. Henry Collection
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 45.674′ N, 84° 8.219′ W. Marker is in Friendsville, Tennessee, in Blount County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hill Avenue and Church Street, on the right when traveling east on West Hill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 503 W Hill Ave, Friendsville TN 37737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Sam Houston American Giant Homesite (approx. 5 miles away); Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment (approx. 6.8 miles away); The U.S. Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Samuel Henry's Station (approx. 6.8 miles away); Admiral Farragut's Birthplace (approx. 6.9 miles away); National Campground (approx. 7 miles away); The Old Cumberland Presbyterian Meeting House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Lenoir's Station (approx. 7.4 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Churches & Religion • Peace • War, US Civil •
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