Grant at Cherry Mansion
“Gentlemen, the ball is in motion”
—Battle of Shiloh —
This is the house of Unionist William H. Cherry and his wife, Ann (“Annie”) Irwin Cherry. In March 1862, Union Gen. Charles F. Smith (who died here in April 25) made it his headquarters. On March 17, at Cherry’s request, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant established his headquarters here while he awaited Gen. Don Carlos Buell’s army, which was marching overland from Nashville. Grant’s army was camped two miles upriver at Pittsburg Landing.
At dawn on April 6, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston suddenly attacked at Pittsburg Landing. Annie Cherry later recalled Grant’s reaction to the sounds of battle rumbling down the valley: “He was at my breakfast-table when he heard the report of a cannon.
An ardent supporter of the Confederate cause whose two brothers served in the Southern army, Annie Cherry later remarked that Grant had “(conducted) himself as a gentleman; was kind, courteous, genial, and considerate” to all members of her family, and was “uniformly kind to citizens, irrespective of politics.” To rebut rumors that her famous houseguest had been intoxicated that morning, she asserted, “General Grant was thoroughly sober,” and “never appeared in my presence in a state of intoxication.”
(Inscription under the photos in the lower left)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant-Courtesy Library of Congress-Annie Irwin Cherry with daughter Mary Cornelia Cherry-Courtesy Hardin County Historical Society.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
“Steamboat Landing, Savannah, Tennessee” (Cherry Mansion at right above steamboat), Battles and Leaders (1887-1888)
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Location. 35° 13.548′ N, 88° 15.384′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah TN 38372, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherry Mansion (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Cherry Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); War on the River (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); War Comes to Savannah (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Hardin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on March 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.