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Historical Markers and War Memorials in DeKalb County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of DeKalb County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> DeKalb County, TN (15) Cannon County, TN (11) Putnam County, TN (38) Smith County, TN (15) Warren County, TN (32) White County, TN (23) Wilson County, TN (71)  DeKalbCounty(15) DeKalb County (15)  CannonCounty(11) Cannon County (11)  PutnamCounty(38) Putnam County (38)  SmithCounty(15) Smith County (15)  WarrenCounty(32) Warren County (32)  WhiteCounty(23) White County (23)  WilsonCounty(71) Wilson County (71)
Smithville is the county seat for DeKalb County
Adjacent to DeKalb County, Tennessee
      Cannon County (11)  
      Putnam County (38)  
      Smith County (15)  
      Warren County (32)  
      White County (23)  
      Wilson County (71)  
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1Tennessee, DeKalb County, Alexandria — 2D 27 — DeKalb County Fair
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70) 0.1 miles east of Hillwood Acres, on the right when traveling east.
North ½ mile, the first fair was held October 15-17, 1856, on the south bank of Hickman Creek. The buildings were destroyed by Federal troops in 1863 and rebuilt across the creek 9 years later. There, despite fire and flood, the fair has been . . . Map (db m150175) HM
2Tennessee, Dekalb County, Alexandria — Gen. John H. Morgan CSA
On West Main Street west of High Street (Tennessee Route 53), on the left when traveling west.
Side 1-Gen. John H. Morgan CSA Side 2-Gen. Morgan left here Dec. 21, 1862, with 2,500 horsemen on his Kentucky Christmas Raid. The raid concluded in Smithville Jan. 5, 1863, after the raiders captured 1887 enemy soldiers and destroyed $2,000,000 in . . . Map (db m74323) WM
3Tennessee, Dekalb County, Alexandria — Morgan in AlexandriaPreparing for a Raid
On West Main Street west of High Street (Tennessee Route 53), on the left when traveling west.
From late in 1862 to mid-1863, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg fortified his defenses in Middle Tennessee while Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans reinforced his army. To disrupt the extended Federal communication and supply lines, late in 1862 Bragg . . . Map (db m74322) HM
4Tennessee, DeKalb County, Alexandria — 2D 18 — Morgan's Ohio RaidJune 11, 1863
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70) at Foutch Road, on the right when traveling north on Nashville Highway.
The raid by Brig. Gen John H. Morgan's Cavalry Division into Indiana and Ohio began here. Units were the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Kentucky Cavalry, and the 9th Tennessee Calvary, with attached artillery. Brig. Gen. Basil Duke and . . . Map (db m110553) HM
5Tennessee, DeKalb County, Alexandria — 2D 30 — Wheeler School
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70) at Goose Creek Road, on the right when traveling east on Nashville Highway.
Wheeler School for Blacks was established during the Reconstruction period in Wilson County on land donated by Captain J.D. Wheeler, formerly of the 5th Tennessee Cavalry, C. S. A. Renowned Black educator W. E. B. DuBois taught at the school during . . . Map (db m150174) HM
6Tennessee, Dekalb County, Dowelltown — 2D 29 — Battle of Snow Hill
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70) at Old Dry Creek Road, on the right when traveling east on Nashville Highway.
On April 3, 1863, two Union brigades under Gen. Stanley advanced to this position to battle a Confederate Division commanded by Col. Gano of Morgan's Cavalry ½ mile east on Snow Hill. Union wounded were taken to the Williams house 300 yards to . . . Map (db m74306) WM
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7Tennessee, DeKalb County, Lancaster — 2D 54 — Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse
On Lancaster Road (State Highway 96/141), on the right when traveling west.
Center Hill Dam Designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and built by private contractors, Center Hill Dam, 240 feet high and 2,160 feet long, impounds 64 miles of the Caney Fork River. Congress authorized the dam in 1938 to reduce flood . . . Map (db m157775) HM
8Tennessee, DeKalb County, Liberty — 2D 9 — Adam Dale
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70) at Dismal Road, on the right when traveling west on Nashville Highway. Reported missing.
The first settler (1797) in what later became DeKalb County, Dale built a water-powered log mill to grind corn for the settlers who followed him here in 1800. Traces of the dam remain on Smith's Fork, about 200 yards upstream.Map (db m94401) HM
9Tennessee, DeKalb County, Smithville — 2D 41 — Beckwith Inn
On Tennessee Route 26 at Tennessee Route 83, on the right when traveling east on State Route 26.
The Beckwith Inn was located just south of here on the Old Turnpike. Originally built by James Cannady in 1816, it was one of the best-known landmarks in DeKalb County. James B. and Rachel Roulstone Beckwith operated the inn from 1843 until the late . . . Map (db m84976) HM
10Tennessee, DeKalb County, Smithville — 2E 67 — Confederate Guerrilla
On Short Mountain Road (Tennessee Route 146) at Half Acre Road, on the right when traveling east on Short Mountain Road.
Hiram T. "Pomp” Kersey was a celebrated leader of Confederate irregulars that protected Confederate families in the Short Mountain area. Before leading the partisans, he served in Co. A, 16th Tenn. Vol. Inf., C.S.A. On 24 July 1864, in . . . Map (db m150453) HM
11Tennessee, DeKalb County, Smithville — Dekalb County
On Public Square at East Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Public Square.
Established 1837; named in honor of Baron Johann De Kalb, the Bavarian officer who accompanied Lafayette to America in 1777. Appointed a Major General in the Continental Army, he was killed at the Battle of Camden in 1780 while commanding Delaware . . . Map (db m129993) HM WM
12Tennessee, Dekalb County, Smithville — DeKalb County Confederate Monument
On South Public Square at South 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east on South Public Square.
(south face) Atlanta • Chickamauga • Murfreesboro This monument is dedicated to the memory of all DeKalb Countians who served the Confederacy. They sacrificed much for the cause of an independent South. Their courage and patriotism . . . Map (db m75792) WM
13Tennessee, Dekalb County, Smithville — DeKalb County in the Civil WarA Country and a County Divided
On South Public Square near East Public Square, on the left when traveling east.
DeKalb County differed from surrounding counties. A sizeable minority of its citizens opposed secession and voted against it in the June 8, 1861 referendum. Their champion was a slave owner, Congressman William B. Stokes. The majority followed . . . Map (db m81483) HM
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14Tennessee, DeKalb County, Smithville — 2D 16 — Evins' Old Mill
On Tennessee Route 26 at Evins Mill Road, on the right when traveling east on State Route 26.
1/2 Mi. south on Fall Creek stood a watermill built in 1837 by Daniel Smith, an early Tennessee pioneer. The original mill was destroyed by flood in 1905, and a new one 1000 ft. distant was built by J.E. Evins near Carmack Falls, where the river . . . Map (db m84322) HM
15Tennessee, Dekalb County, Smithville — Veterans Memorial DeKalb County Tennessee
On Market Street.
May the sun of righteousness shining on the American Flag glorify the sacrifice and hold in grateful remembrance the Thousands of our sons and daughters who suffered for our freedom.Map (db m75791) WM
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Feb. 3, 2023