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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Van Buren County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Van Buren 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> Van Buren County, TN (10) Bledsoe County, TN (17) Cumberland County, TN (27) Sequatchie County, TN (5) Warren County, TN (33) White County, TN (23)  VanBurenCounty(10) Van Buren County (10)  BledsoeCounty(17) Bledsoe County (17)  CumberlandCounty(27) Cumberland County (27)  SequatchieCounty(5) Sequatchie County (5)  WarrenCounty(33) Warren County (33)  WhiteCounty(23) White County (23)
Spencer is the county seat for Van Buren County
Adjacent to Van Buren County, Tennessee
      Bledsoe County (17)  
      Cumberland County (27)  
      Sequatchie County (5)  
      Warren County (33)  
      White County (23)  
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1 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Pikeville — Fall Creek Falls
This majestic waterfall plunges into a gorge containing one of the last stands of virgin forest in the Southeast. From this point you may see several mature hemlocks and yellow poplars, the primary tree species growing in this cool, moist, shaded . . . Map (db m216727) HM
2 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — 2C 16 — Bragg’s March to Kentucky
In the late summer of 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg marched northward down this valley with an army of several thousand soldiers, supply wagons, and artillery pieces en route to invade Kentucky. They traveled and camped along the east side . . . Map (db m83042) HM
3 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — 2C 3 — Burritt College
Established 1848 through the efforts of Elihu Burritt, a blacksmith who intended that the youth of his community should get the benefits of education denied to him. It closed its doors in 1939, as a result of the development of the public school . . . Map (db m153651) HM
4 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — 2C 25 — Camp ForrestSpencer Artillery Range — ca. 1941-1946 —
In January 1941, the Army began construction of the 30,617-acre Spencer Artillery Range as an annex of Camp Forrest. Intended as a firing range for heavy artillery, it was utilized by other units, including infantry. The 2nd Ranger Battalion . . . Map (db m40256) HM
5 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — 2C 15 — Gilbert Gaul, Civil War Painter
Just south of here was the studio of Gilbert Gaul, one of the best painters of American Civil War scenes. After being elected the youngest member of the National Academy of Design in 1882, his "Holding the Line at all Hazards" won an Academy Gold . . . Map (db m83043) HM
6 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — 2C 19 — Trail of TearsCirca 1838
On October 20, 1837, B. B. Cannon with a group of 365 treaty party Cherokees camped near here on their way to the Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Rainey’s Turnpike crossed here at the old John Fleming farm and in 1838 was one route used . . . Map (db m3626) HM
7 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — Van Buren County Civil War Monument
In memory of those who were killed or missing in action from Van Buren County during the Civil War Agent, Andrew J. Pvt. • Badger, Felix, Pvt. • Baker, Peter, Pvt. • Baker, Samuel, Pvt. • Ballard, Silas Y., Pvt. • Billingsley, Cyrus, Pvt. • . . . Map (db m177941) WM
8 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — Van Buren County Veterans Memorial
(front) Honoring all who served and dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice World War I Chambers, Angers • Griffith, Alex C. • Grissom, Jim Bryan • Medley, Charlie • Vanwinkle, Arthur G. World War . . . Map (db m177939) WM
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9 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — Van Buren County Veterans Monument
. . . Map (db m177935) WM
10 Tennessee, Van Buren County, Spencer — War on the PlateauRaids in Van Buren County
The Civil War first touched Van Buren County in 1861 when Confederates under James Randals began mining Big Bone Cave's saltpeter deposits. By 1863, 4,017 pounds of nitre—essential to the manufacture of gunpowder—had been produced. . . . Map (db m153750) HM
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Sep. 23, 2023