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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Carthage, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Smith 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> Smith County, TN (18) DeKalb County, TN (16) Jackson County, TN (17) Macon County, TN (51) Putnam County, TN (39) Trousdale County, TN (10) Wilson County, TN (76)  SmithCounty(18) Smith County (18)  DeKalbCounty(16) DeKalb County (16)  JacksonCounty(17) Jackson County (17)  MaconCounty(51) Macon County (51)  PutnamCounty(39) Putnam County (39)  TrousdaleCounty(10) Trousdale County (10)  WilsonCounty(76) Wilson County (76)
Carthage is the county seat for Smith County
Carthage is in Smith County
      Smith County (18)  
      DeKalb County (16)  
      Jackson County (17)  
      Macon County (51)  
      Putnam County (39)  
      Trousdale County (10)  
      Wilson County (76)  
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1 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
2 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
3 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
4 Tennessee, Smith County, Carthage — Confederacy Memorial
Confederacy 1861 - 1865 Capt. Henry W. Hart Chapter U.D.C. Map (db m162288) WM
5 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
6 Tennessee, Smith County, Carthage — DeFord Bailey
A gifted harmonica player, DeFord Bailey was, for several decades, the only African American star of the Grand Ole Opry. His playing - captured on relatively few recordings - bridged rural black and white music with unsurpassed artistry. He . . . Map (db m224764) HM
7 Tennessee, Smith County, Carthage — Edward StallingsOct. 14, 1932 - Aug. 1, 2004
This park is dedicated to the memory of the late Carthage Fire Chief Edward Stallings in 1957 Ed joined the Carthage fire department and served in various roles including assistant chief an fire chief during the 1960s. He helped establish the . . . Map (db m162282) HM
8 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
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9 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
10 Tennessee, Smith County, Carthage — Smith County Veterans Memorial
Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. John: XV-13 American Revolution 1776-1783 War of 1812 and Seminole War Jeremiah Hall • Blackman Logan • Barry Parker • William Caldwell • . . . Map (db m231293) WM
11 Tennessee, Smith County, Carthage — The Carthage Christian Church1875-2004
In 1875 on this site, stood a wooden framed building for use by the Carthage Christian Church at a later date. The church was changed from wood to brick during the 1920's, the congregation quickly grew. The increase in membership was due . . . Map (db m162283) HM
12 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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Mar. 1, 2024