Mosheim in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Pottertown Bridge Burners
Unionists Pay the Ultimate Price
Capt. David Fry, Co. F, 2nd Tennessee Infantry (U.S.) came from Kentucky with orders to burn the bridges. With his help, Carter finalized the plan to burn all major railroad bridges in East Tennessee in one night. On November 8, 1861, local Unionists arrived at the home of Jacob Harmon, Jr, another local potter, and were sworn into Fry’s command.
About sixty men then went to the Lick Creek railroad bridge, where they captured Confederate pickets. After burning the bridge, they released the Confederates, a decision they soon regretted. Although the president had promised military protection, Confederates later captured several men associated with the bridge burning and hanged Haun, Henry Fry,
The Harmons are buried here in the family cemetery. Haun’s pottery kiln stood a few hundred feet up Pottertown Road to the right, and the Bridge-Burner Memorial marker and flagpole are on the left.
“I am very glad to hear of the action of the military authorities and hope to hear they have hung every bridge-burner at the end of the burned bridge.” —Confederated Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin
Jar made by Christopher A. Haun —Courtesy Donahue Bible Collection, Mohawk, Tenn.
Capt. David Fry (left) and Sgt. John McCoy —Courtesy Donahue Bible Collection, Mohawk, Tenn.
“Execution of Jacob Harmon and His Son, Henry,” from Parson Brownlow’s Book (1862)
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 12.033′ N, 83° 0.826′ W. Marker is in Mosheim, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pottertown Road and Gravel Woods Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1270 Pottertown Road, Midway TN 37809, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridge Burners Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Execution of the "Bridge-Burners" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blue Springs Lutheran Congregation (approx. 3.2 miles away); Battles of Blue Springs (approx. 4.5 miles away); Battle of Blue Springs (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cabin of Three States (approx. 7.7 miles away); Bent Creek Baptist Church (approx. 7.9 miles away); Bent Creek Church (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mosheim.
Also see . . . Rivers and Rails-Remembering the Pottertown Bridge Burners (video). (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 681 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on March 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. 4. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 5, 6. submitted on October 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.