McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Occupation of McMinnville
Conﬂict on the Home Front
The county’s resources and the Manchester and McMinnville Railroad made McMinnville a strategic location that attracted raids by Confederate Gens. Joseph Wheeler, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Braxton Bragg. Gen. John Hunt Morgan spent his honeymoon here and planned his Kentucky and Ohio raids from the home of kinsman Dr. John Barkley Armstrong.
McMinnville changed hands at least five times. After April 1863, it frequently served as a Federal base; fourteen forts and blockhouses eventually were constructed to guard against Confederate attack. Union Col. Henry C. Gilbert’s 19th Michigan Infantry was among the first Federal units to occupy the town.
Federal occupation meant some safety from Confederate guerilla bands, but, nonetheless, county residents felt the hand of war when houses,
Col. John H. Savage, ca. 1860 Courtesy Magness Library
East Main St., McMinnville, ca. 1861 - Courtesy Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Cumberland Female College, ca. 1855- Courtesy Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Warren Co. Courthouse, ca 1868 Courtesy Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 40.902′ N, 85° 46.39′ W. Marker is in McMinnville, Tennessee, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of West Court Square and East Main Street (Tennessee Route 380), on the left when traveling south on West Court Square. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Warren County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: McMinnville TN 37110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 16th Tenn. Reg’t. C.S.A. Memorial (here, next to this marker); POW and MIA Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Symbol of Strength (within shouting distance of this marker); Elisha Pepper II (within shouting distance of this marker); Uncle Dave Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Faulkner Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); W. S. "Dad" Lively (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McMinnville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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