“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Lafayette in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Macon County in the Civil War

Division and Conflict

Macon County in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer, January 1, 2011
1. Macon County in the Civil War Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, about 500 Macon County men served on each side. The Highland Rim ridge, as well as family loyalties, generally separated Confederates from Unionists.

Gibbs Crossroads, where Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg once had a headquarters, is among the county's war-related sites. Enlistment centers operated at the Epperson Springs Hotel and at the Webb Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, which was also the site of a hospital. The Federal provost marshal's office was located one block off the Lafayette square on Highway 10 South. Saltpeter, an essential component of gunpowder, was mined in caves in Oakdale and at the Saltpeter (Dancehall) Cave off Cave Hollow Road.

Three engagements took place in Macon County. On May 3, 1863, at Meadorville, four miles south of Lafayette on Highway 10, elements of two Federal units, the 11th Kentucky Infantry and 8th Kentucky Cavalry, fought Confederate guerrillas, killing two and capturing ten. At Gibbs Crossroads, on May 11, 100 men of the 14th Illinois Cavalry fought 125 of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's men. The Federals lost one officer and two privates wounded. Two Confederates were killed and several wounded. The next day, on the Akersville Road four miles east of Lafayette, Co. K, 5th Indiana Cavalry, encountered Confederate guerrillas and killed nine. Two Federals were wounded.

Macon County native Elvis Brooks Parker, who served in the 5th Kentucky Cavalry (US) was court-martialed for deserting a Confederate cavalry company under Gen. John Hunt Morgan. A firing squad executed Parker on August 23, 1862, at Morgan's camp at Mills Woods near Hartsville.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 31.239′ N, 86° 1.594′ W. Marker is in Lafayette, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on 201 County Courthouse. Touch for map. Located in the courthouse lawn. Marker is in this post office area: Lafayette TN 37083, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Macon County (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County Confederate Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodmore Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Maneuvers (approx. 1.7 miles away); A Family Tragedy (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Home of William Dunn (approx. 2.4 miles away); Ambush at Meadowville (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lafayette.
Also see . . .  Tennessee Civil War Trails. (Submitted on January 10, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 53 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on January 10, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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