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By Don Morfe, July 22, 2013
Benton McMillin Marker
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — 3B 40 — Benton McMillin1845-1933
A native of Kentucky, Benton McMillin moved to Celina at an early age and later to Carthage. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1874 and Congress in 1879 for a twenty year tenure. Benton McMillin served two terms as Governor, 1899-1903, . . . — Map (db m68352) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — 3B 31 — Bragg Invades KentuckySept. - Oct., 1862
Moving northwest from Sparta, Bragg, with Maj. Gen. Leonidas Polk’s Right Wing, Army of Mississippi, composed of the divisions of Cheatham and Withers, passed through here. Forrest’s Cavalry Brigade, covering the left flank of the advance, operated . . . — Map (db m82868) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — 3B 42 — Captain William Walton1760-1816
Born in Bertie County, North Carolina, Walton fought in the Revolution for that state. He settled in the Cumberland country in 1784. Walton served in the legislatures of North Carolina and Tennessee and as a Smith County magistrate. He built . . . — Map (db m68351) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — 3B 83 — Cordell Hull Memorial Bridge
Named in honor of Cordell Hull, the 47th U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, Cordell Hull Bridge, a continuous three-span Parker truss, spans the Cumberland River. Hull's influence diverted New Deal funds toward the $199,083 cost of . . . — Map (db m149873) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — Rome FerryHot Pursuit
After Union Gen. Ebenezer Dumont’s troops surprised Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s command at Lebanon on May 5, 1862, Morgan’s men escaped north and rushed toward the Cumberland River. Hotly pursued, the Confederates succeeded in reaching Rome . . . — Map (db m68354) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — Smith County Courthouse SquareA Major Federal Base
Carthage’s historic courthouse square was the control center of a major Federal base from 1863 to 1865 in the fight to control the Upper Cumberland River region. When Union Gen. George Crook arrived in Carthage to stay in 1863, he commandeered the . . . — Map (db m68353) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Carthage — Upper FerryOn the Cumberland River
As a major Cumberland River port with three landings, Carthage was strategically important to both Confederate and Union forces. The Upper Ferry and landing was located near the present Corps of Engineer boat ramp near Upper Ferry Road. . . . — Map (db m68349) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Dixon Springs — 3B 39 — Captain James Bradley1763-1830
Bradley was born in Caswell County, North Carolina, and settled in this area in 1798. He served at the siege of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, during the Revolutionary War, and in February 1812 . . . — Map (db m149879) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Dixon Springs — 3B 17 — Tilman Dixon
Here this former Captain of the Revolutionary Army, from North Carolina, made the first settlement in this section about 1788-89. He is buried north of the house. The spring to the southeast, a noted immigrant camping place, gave Dixon Springs its . . . — Map (db m145848) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Lancaster — 3B 85 — Tennessee Central Crash Kills 10
At this crossing on April 24, 1949; Tennessee Central Freight No. 81 struck a heavily loaded pickup truck killing ten members of the Bennett Family. The truck was pushed 100 yards west down the tracks. This became Smith County's worst tragedy in . . . — Map (db m145758) HM
Tennessee (Smith County), Riddleton — 3B 25 — Morgan's Ohio RaidJune 12, 1863
Crossing Cumberland River near Rome, Morgan's Cavalry Division bivouacked about 3 miles SW of here. Near here, about sundown, Lt. Col. W.W. Ward, with a detail from the 9th Tennessee Cavalry, captured a Federal wagon train with mail, property and . . . — Map (db m149878) HM

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