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Smith County Tennessee Historical Markers

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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 — 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

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