Castalian Springs in Sumner County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Birthplace of William B. Bate
After practicing law in Nashville, Bate
Bate’s cousin, Eugenia Bate, was also born here at Hawthorne Hill. After being widowed during the war, she later married an Italian diplomat. She became Countess Bertinatti and resided in Italy and in Mississippi where she owned a plantation.
(Side Bar) “I never felt so overpowered with responsibility before, for all them seem to look up to me. I feel determined on one thing, never to take my neighbors’ children under me again. That simple fact gives me more anxious hours than all else here.”
–Col. William B. Bate, September 12, 1861.
James P. Taylor and Humphrey Bate constructed Hawthorne Hill for John Beardon before 1817, when Bate purchased the house and the surrounding 208 acres. It remained the Bate family home place for more than a century.
(Inscription under the photo on the bottom left)
General William B. Bate -- Courtesy Allen Haynes.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper right)
Countess Eugenia Bate Bass Bertinatti -- Courtesy Allen Haynes.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 23.4′ N, 86° 17.833′ W. Marker is in Castalian Springs, Tennessee, in Sumner County. Marker is on Old Highway 25 west of Canoe Branch Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castalian Springs TN 37031, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General William Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas Sharpe Spencer Memorial (approx. one mile away); Bledsoe's Lick (approx. one mile away); Wynnewood (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bledsoe's Fort and Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cragfont (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Cragfont (approx. 2.7 miles away); Ziegler's Station (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castalian Springs.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil •
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