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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Benton County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Benton 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> Benton County, TN (21) Carroll County, TN (31) Decatur County, TN (13) Henry County, TN (25) Houston County, TN (5) Humphreys County, TN (47) Perry County, TN (9) Stewart County, TN (91)  BentonCounty(21) Benton County (21)  CarrollCounty(31) Carroll County (31)  DecaturCounty(13) Decatur County (13)  HenryCounty(25) Henry County (25)  HoustonCounty(5) Houston County (5)  HumphreysCounty(47) Humphreys County (47)  PerryCounty(9) Perry County (9)  StewartCounty(91) Stewart County (91)
Camden is the county seat for Benton County
Adjacent to Benton County, Tennessee
      Carroll County (31)  
      Decatur County (13)  
      Henry County (25)  
      Houston County (5)  
      Humphreys County (47)  
      Perry County (9)  
      Stewart County (91)  
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1 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 30 — "Tranquility"
An early post office of this name was opened Sept. 28, 1835, in the home of William H.H. Burton, which stood at this site. It remained here until Aug. 27, 1837, when it was moved to the public square of Camden and the name changed to "Camden." . . . Map (db m109047) HM
2 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — David Benton
Born 1779, South Carolina, died 1860, Benton County Tenn. Citizen soldier, War of 1812, member of Benton County's first quarterly court February 1836. Patriot for whom Benton County was named. Presented to the Citizens of Benton. (Base monument) . . . Map (db m74482) HM
3 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — Fighting on the Tennessee RiverCavalry versus Navy Reported damaged
During the Civil War, several engagements occurred along the strategically important Tennessee River within about five miles of here. In each one, cavalrymen engaged naval forces. On April 26, 1863 near the mouth of the Duck River east of here, . . . Map (db m74512) HM
4 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 19 — Gunboats and CavalryNov. 4, 1864
8½ miles east, at Johnsonville Landing, Forrest's Cavalry Corps, after blocking river approaches from both directions with captured Federal vessels and gunfire, destroyed the Federal base at Johnsonville. Losses were 4 gunboats, 14 steamboats, . . . Map (db m109046) HM
5 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — Irish CSA Soldiers
U.D.C. Marker to eight Irish CSA soldiers probably worked on railroad 1860-1861 Erected by Captain Nathaniel A. Wesson United Daughters of the Confederacy 1992Map (db m109049) WM
6 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 50 — Mary Cordelia Beasley-Hudson
Mary Cordelia Beasley-Hudson, a life-long resident of Benton County, was an advocate for women's suffrage. The Tennessee General Assembly approved an amendment to the state constitution to allow women's suffrage on April 15, 1919. Seven days later . . . Map (db m81359) HM
7 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 56 — One of Country Music's Darkest Days
On March 5, 1963, at 30 years of age, country singer Virginia Patterson Hensley, better known as Patsy Cline, along with her manager, Randy Hughes, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, were killed in a plane crash in . . . Map (db m184907) HM
8 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 55 — Senator Mildred Jolly Lashlee1906-1966
Mildred Jolly Lashlee was the first woman elected to the Tennessee Senate for a full “regular” term. Elected in November 1944, she represented the 26th Senatorial District. Before her election she was appointed to complete the term of . . . Map (db m109048) HM
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9 Tennessee, Benton County, Camden — 4A 21 — Thomas Clark Rye
Born June 2, 1863, in a log cabin, about ½ mile N., he studied law at Charlotte, later began practice at Camden. Attorney General of the 13th Judicial District, 1908-12, he was the last Tennessee governor to be elected by a convention. . . . Map (db m74481) HM
10 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Battle of Johnsonville
Some of the lesser known battles and incidents of wars have afforded drama and have portrayed characteristics of the participants far beyond those of usual recorded history. Such was the Battle of Johnsonville, fought between Maj. Gen. N. B. . . . Map (db m146444) HM
11 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Bombarding JohnsonvilleForrest’s Clever Attack
In 1862 and 1863, Confederate cavalry raids along the Louisville & Nashville Railroad often shut down operations and slowed the flow of supplies into Nashville. The Union army built a supply depot at Johnsonville to help alleviate the disruptions. . . . Map (db m171324) HM
12 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Cabin Logs
The logs for this cabin were taken from a barn owned by Mr. James Sykes of Eva. The barn was used by scouts for General Nathan Bedford Forrest during a reconnaissance of the Pilot Knob area on November 4, 1864. The lower story of the Syke's home . . . Map (db m171323) HM
13 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Eva Archaic Site5000 B.C.
Eva • Three Mile • Big SandyMap (db m171326) HM
14 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Eva, A Community of the Western Banks of the Tennessee River
"The river, a small rivercraft landing, its proximity to the N. B. Forrest State Park, and the Methodist assembly ground…make it attractive to visitors." - Tennessee County History Series
The town of Eva began its . . . Map (db m183537) HM
15 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Forrest's Artillery
Below the hill to your front and concealed by thick brush, Confederate troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest constructed five artillery positions to deploy guns against the Union supply depot at Johnsonville. On November 3, . . . Map (db m146438) HM
16 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Injuring Sherman
By the fall of 1864, the Civil War was not going well for the Confederacy. The Union invasion of the Deep South continued to ravage both the military and civilian population of the war-torn region. In an attempt to halt the advance, Confederate Lt. . . . Map (db m146440) HM
17 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Nathan Bedford Forrest MonumentBattle of Johnsonville
(side 1) Commemorating the capture of Federal gunboats by Forrest's cavalry in the Johnsonville Expedition November 4, 1864. (side 2) "Faith is the duty of the hour." N.B. Forrest, Major-General to . . . Map (db m146443) WM
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18 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — Railroads, A Force for Development
"Their presence literally established the towns of Big Sandy and Eva and the development" - Tennessee County History Series
The rapid expansion of railroads in the 1850s opened the way for development of rural . . . Map (db m183536) HM
19 Tennessee, Benton County, Eva — The Tennessee River Railroad Bridge
"In those days, that was how you got over there; there was no highway” -Ken Ingram
The track leading to the Tennessee River Railroad Bridge once started here. The nearby depot served as the debarkation point for . . . Map (db m183534) HM
20 Tennessee, Benton County, Holladay — Fort JohnsonControlling the Tennessee River
Take Exit 133, State Route 191, and drive north to visit two state parks associated with the struggle to control the Tennessee River during the Civil War. In 1861, the Confederates built Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River and Fort Henry . . . Map (db m96639) HM
21 Tennessee, Benton County, Holladay — Parker's Crossroads“Charge ‘em both ways” — Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —
Late in 1862, the Union army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant threatened Vicksburg, Mississippi. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to sever Grant's West Tennessee supply line, which extended from Columbus, Kentucky, via the . . . Map (db m118580) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023