Winchester in Franklin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
June 24-July 4, 1863
—The Confederate Retreat —
As the Tullahoma Campaign ended on 4 July 1863 Major General Rosecrans could celebrate victory. He had maneuvered the Army of Tennessee out of the state while suffering only 570 casualties, less than half the number who fell in one Union brigade the first day at Gettysburg. Bragg, on the other hand, had saved his army. In late September, he would prove to Rosecrans just how dangerous the Army of Tennessee could still be when he nearly destroyed the Union forces at the Battle of Chickamauga in mid-September.
Known by his men as “Old Straight,” Confederate Major General Alexander P. Stewart once lived in Winchester on what is now 3rd Avenue. A West Point graduate, Stewart became an educator after resigning his commission in the 1840s. Before the war he taught mathematics and experimental philosophy at Cumberland University in Lebanon.
Initially Stewart opposed secession, but joined his state when Tennessee left the Union. He fought at all the major battles in the Western Theatre, including Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville. Stewart’s men were known for standing up under overwhelming odds.
After the war Stewart resumed his teaching profession at Cumberland and eventually became chancellor of the University of Mississippi. After resigning in 1888, he was appointed commissioner of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. He served in that capacity until his death in 1908.
Franklin County Secession
When the secession movement first came to Tennessee in February 1861, the state’s grand divisions were divided on the issue. West Tennessee, with ties to the Deep South and cotton, was solidly pro-Confederate. East Tennessee, a mountainous region with few plantations, was solidly pro-Union. Middle Tennessee was split.
Peter Turney, son of a prominent Franklin County attorney and Unites States Senator, raised a regiment (Turney’s First Tennessee Confederate Infantry) in response and joined the Confederate army in Virginia. Turney would serve as colonel before being wounded at Fredericksburg. After the war he became a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court, eventually Chief Justice (1886-1893), then governor of Tennessee from 1893-1897.
(lower right) Major General A. P. Stewart
Erected by Tennessee's Backroads Heritage.
Location. 35° 11.279′ N, 86° 6.57′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Tennessee, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Bluff Street and Dinah Shore Boulevard (Tennessee Route 50), on the right when traveling north on Bluff Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the wall of the Franklin
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Tullahoma Campaign (here, next to this marker); Colonel James Lewis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Sharp College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Secession (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Winchester (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Our Franklin County War Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mary Sharp College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winchester's Civil War Sites (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . .
1. Old Jail Museum. (Submitted on July 10, 2014.)
2. Tennessee's Backroads. (Submitted on July 12, 2014.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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