Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Dickson - Williams Mansion
A House Divided
Dr. Williams died in 1852, but his wife kept the home prominent until her death in 1870. During Greeneville's Civil War years, it was truly a house divided. Her daughter, Elizabeth, married William Sneed, a former U.S. congressman. Her son, William Dickson Williams, was a captain on Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's staff. Another son, Joseph Alexander, was a Union soldier, and a third son, Thomas Lanier, was a Confederate soldier. Catharine Williams would not say which side she favored, and she entertained both Union and Confederate officers when they were in town. Union Gens. Ambrose Burnside and Alvan C. Gillem and Confederate Gens. James Longstreet and John Hunt Morgan each visited the mansion when they were in Greeneville.
The Federal raid on Greeneville on September 4, 1864, targeted the Dickson-Williams Mansion, to capture Morgan, who was killed a few hundred yards away. Union Gen. Alvan C. Gillem returned Morgan's body to the Dickson-Williams
Erected by Tennessee Civil Wars Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 9.861′ N, 82° 49.915′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is on West Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 169 West Church Street, Greeneville TN 37743, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death of Gen. John Hunt Morgan (here, next to this marker); General Morgan Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of John Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Dickson - Williams Mansion Opera House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James H. Quillen United States Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Greenville Cumberland Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeneville.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • War, US Civil •
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