Sevierville in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
John Porter McCown
Erected by Tennessee Historical commission. (Marker Number 1C 44.)
Location. 35° 51.593′ N, 83° 33.999′ W. Marker is in Sevierville, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on The Great Smoky Mountains Highway (U.S. 441). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sevierville TN 37862, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nancy Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); The McMahan Indian Mound (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sevier County Veterans (approx. half a mile away); Isaac Dockery (approx. 0.6 miles away); William M. Whaley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomas Atchley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sevierville (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Mayors of the City of Sevierville (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sevierville.
1. About John Porter McCown
McCown was born 19 August 19 1815 in Sevierville, Tennessee. He entered West Point on 1 September 1835 and graduated 10th in the class of 1840. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the 4th US artillery he saw service removing Indians to the West, along the Canadian border, and during the military occupation of Texas. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 30 September 1843. For his services at Cerro Gordo during the war with Mexico he was brevetted captain on 18 April 1847. On 9 January 1851 he was promoted to captain. He saw action against the Seminoles in Florida in 1856 and 1857. He also took part in the Utah expedition.
When Tennessee left the Union McCown decided to go with his state. He was named a lieutenant colonel in Tennessee's provisional army on 16 May 1861. He resigned his commission in the US army the following day. He was soon promoted to colonel. On 12 October 1861 McCown became a brigadier general in the Confederate service. He saw action at Belmont, Missouri but at New Madrid he withdrew before being enveloped by John Pope. McCown was promoted to major general on 10 March 1862 and was given command of the Army of the West. He then was sent to Chattanooga where he commanded a division in the army of Kentucky under Kirby Smith. At Stones River McCown commanded a division in William J. Hardee's
Following the war McCown settled near Knoxville, Tennessee where he taught school. He eventually relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas where he farmed. He died there on 22 January 1879.
— Submitted March 20, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.
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