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Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

War Comes to Savannah

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
1. War Comes to Savannah Marker
Inscription. On March 8, 1862 the pro-Union citizens of Savannah turned out to greet the 40th Illinois Infantry, the vanguard of a 40,000-man Union invasion force. Residents cheered as the Illinois troops trudged off the steamer Golden Gate, formed into ranks, and marched up the slope into town. Within the week, a Union flotilla of more than 80 steamboats would crowd the banks of the Tennessee above and below the town.

For the next three months, Federal troops occupied the town. Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters at the home of William Harrell Cherry. After the Battle of Shiloh, Union wounded flooded the town. Hundreds died; many were buried in the local cemetery. After the war these bodies were moved to the National Cemetery at Shiloh overlooking Pittsburgh Landing.
 
Erected by Shiloh National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 13.519′ N, 88° 15.156′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is at the intersection of Bridge Street (U.S. 64) and West Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Bridge 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
War Comes to Savannah Marker/U.S. Grant HDQS. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
2. War Comes to Savannah Marker/U.S. Grant HDQS.
within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Hardin (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grant at Cherry Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherry Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); War on the River (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Cherry Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away); Approach to Shiloh (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding War Comes to Savannah. For more information on the history of Savannah and Hardin County, visit the Tennessee River Museum, just down Main Street to your left, next to the Hardin County Courthouse.


Far right is picture of General Ulysses S. Grant
Below Grant's picture is: The Cherry Mansion Grant's headquarters from March 17 to April 6, 1862. A rare antebellum structure in Savannah, the house stands 1/4 miles west on Main Street, to your right.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
U.S. Grant HDQS. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
3. U.S. Grant HDQS.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,087 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on March 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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