Springfield in Robertson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
An Army In Springﬁeld
Other important military activities also affected civilian life. In June 1861, Confederates established a major induction center, Camp Cheatham. It was named in honor of Gen. Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, whose ancestors were among the founders of Springfield. During the autumn of 1862, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry raid destroyed the Dead Horse Trestle near Ridgetop. In 1863, Federal authorities recruited escaped slaves from local plantations and formed units of the U.S. Colored Troops (USCTs). In 1864, the 15th USCT
“The house had been pillaged from garret to cellar, trunks broken, open(ed) & rifled, furniture chopped to pieces with axes, doors burst down, and your Grandma cursed and told if she did not give them 500 dollars, they would burn the house over here d__n old head.” — Jane Washington, Dec 18, 1864
First Presbyterian Church Courtesy Robertson County Archives
Wessyngton Plantation Courtesy Robertson County Archives
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 30.522′ N, 86° 53.164′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Tennessee, in Robertson County. Marker is at the intersection of West 6th Avenue and Locust Street, on the left when traveling west on West 6th Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is located in front of the Robertson County History Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 6th Ave W, Springfield TN 37172, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robertson County Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Robertson County Courthouse Fallen Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Light and Power Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Robertson County World War II Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Robertson County World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robertson County Vietnam Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on April 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on June 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.