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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Pulaski

 
Clickable Map of Giles County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Giles County, TN (65) Lawrence County, TN (30) Lincoln County, TN (23) Marshall County, TN (22) Maury County, TN (79) Lauderdale County, AL (213) Limestone County, AL (79)  GilesCounty(65) Giles County (65)  LawrenceCounty(30) Lawrence County (30)  LincolnCounty(23) Lincoln County (23)  MarshallCounty(22) Marshall County (22)  MauryCounty(79) Maury County (79)  LauderdaleCountyAlabama(213) Lauderdale County (213)  LimestoneCounty(79) Limestone County (79)
Pulaski, Tennessee and Vicinity
    Giles County (65)
    Lawrence County (30)
    Lincoln County (23)
    Marshall County (22)
    Maury County (79)
    Lauderdale County, Alabama (213)
    Limestone County, Alabama (79)
 
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1Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Aaron V. Brown — (1795-1859)
Tennessee State Senator 1821 - 1825 Tennessee State Representative 1831 - 1833 U.S. Congressman 1839 - 1845 Governor of Tennessee 1845 - 1847 Postmaster General of the United States 1857 - 1859 Born in Brunswick County, Virginia August . . . — Map (db m151140) HM
2Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 41 — Bridgeforth High School
Though black public education existed in Giles County by 1869, Bridgeforth was the first black high school. Designed by America's first black architectural firm, McKissack and McKissack, which had local roots, and named for black educator J. T. . . . — Map (db m81559) HM
3Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Count Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779)
Casimir Pulaski was born into a family of minor Polish nobility in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1747. His father, Jozef, active in the defense of their native land, joined with others, in 1768 in a insurrection under the motto, “For Faith . . . — Map (db m151156) HM
4Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 42 — Donald Grady Davidson (1893~1966) John Crowe Ransom (1888~1974)
Giles County natives Donald G. Davidson and John C. Ransom were influential personages in American literature. Professors at Vanderbilt University, they helped found The Fugitive (1922~25), a magazine which launched the "Southern literary . . . — Map (db m29807) HM
5Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Dr. William Albert Lewis — (1876-1971) — Doctor - Educator —
Dr. William Albert Lewis was raised in the Wales community of Giles County and attended public school in Pulaski. He graduated from Pulaski High School in only the second graduating class for Black students in Giles County and upon his graduation . . . — Map (db m151148) HM
6Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) — Willa McCord Blake Eslick (1878-1961) — First Tennessee Woman Elected To The U.S. Congress —
Edward Eslick, son of Merritt and Martha Abernaty Eslick, was born near Pulaski on April 10, 1872, attended public schools in Pulaski and Bethel College in Russellville, Kentucky. He studied law under William H. McCallum, was admitted to the bar in . . . — Map (db m75182) HM
7Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Establishment of Pulaski/Giles County
On November 14. 1809, the Tennessee General Assembly passed an Act which brought Giles County, and its County Seat, Pulaski, into being. The new six hundred square mile county was formed from land ceded to the State in 1805 by treaty with the . . . — Map (db m151155) HM
8Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 34 — Forrest's September Raid — Sept. 27, 1864
Driving north from Alabama in his bid to cut Sherman's communications, Buford's Division, advance guard of Forrest's Cavalry Corps, met Federal resistance in this area. Pushing forward and extending his line to right and left with Johnson's . . . — Map (db m96515) HM
9Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 40 — Gabriel McKissack
During the years following the Civil War, Gabriel Moses McKissack (1840-1923) laid the foundation in Giles County for a family building tradition that included the first black architectural firm in the United States, Nashville's McKissack and . . . — Map (db m75129) HM
10Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — General John Adams, CSA — (1825-1864)
Adams was born on July 1, 1825, in Nashville, Tennessee, of Irish immigrant parents. Having entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1841, he graduated 25th in his class and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 1st Dragoons/U.S. Regular Army. He . . . — Map (db m75178) HM
11Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — General John Calvin Brown — (1827-1889)
John Calvin Brown was born on Giles County, Tennessee on January 6, 1827. He was one of nine children born to Duncan and Margaret Brown and the brother of Neill S. Brown, Governor of Tennessee (1847-1849). A graduate of Jackson College in Columbia, . . . — Map (db m75175) HM
12Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Giles County Courthouses
In its colorful history the county of Giles has had six courthouses to serve its citizens. These buildings have included a “log structure with dirt floor,” at Kirk's Settlement, also known as the Shoals on Richland Creek (the 1810 . . . — Map (db m151157) HM
13Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Giles County High School Ironwork
This unique, stylized ironwork once adorned the front of the Giles County-High School, located on West Hill from 1937 until 1961. It covered two windows at the front entrance and along the roof above the gymnasium and auditorium. It, along with . . . — Map (db m151163) HM
14Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial
"Long time we travel on way to new land...Womens cry... Children cry and men cry... but they say nothing and just put heads down and keep go towards West. Many days pass and people die very much." -Recollection of a survivor of the Trail of . . . — Map (db m29815) HM
15Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Giles County's First Courthouse
The first courthouse in Giles County, a rough log cabin, stood in Kirk's Settlement near this spot. Court was held here from February 1810 until December 1811. — Map (db m151133) HM
16Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 44 — Governor John C. Brown House
Built between 1853 and 1860 by Dr. William Batte, this house is a significant example of Greek Revival architecture. As the home of Dr. Elihu Edmondson, it was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. The house was owned by John C. Brown after . . . — Map (db m151113) HM
17Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Grissom Colonial Hall
Beginning in the early 1960s, Herbert and Grace Grissom became associated with Martin Methodist College through their service to the United Methodist Church. Since that time they have become two of the most dedicated friends of the College. For . . . — Map (db m151130) HM
18Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — History of Colonial Hall
For well over a century, “Colonial Hall” was a private residence adjacent to the Martin Methodist College campus. Built in 1848 by community leader and physician Dr. William Batte, the mansion later served as the residence for the son of . . . — Map (db m151115) HM
19Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — James M. McCallum — (1806 - 1889) — Historian - Lawyer —
James M. McCallum was born in Roberson County, North Carolina in 1806. At an early age his family moved to Giles County where he eventually studied law and opened an active practice in Pulaski. In 1842 McCallum was elected Clerk and Master of the . . . — Map (db m151142) HM
20Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 26 — John Adams
Born in Nashville, July 1, 1825, he served as an officer of the First Dragoons following graduation from the Military Academy in 1846. Resigning at Secession, he rose to command a brigade in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. He was killed leading . . . — Map (db m75153) HM
21Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — John Goff Ballentine — (1825 - 1915) — United States Congressman —
The oldest son of A.M. and Mary Ballentine, John Goff Ballentine was born at his family's residence on South First Street in Pulaski on May 20, 1825. He graduated from Wurtemburg Academy in 1841, from the University of Nashville in 1845 and from . . . — Map (db m151143) HM
22Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Maplewood Cemetery — City of Pulaski, Tennessee
In 1854, the City Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Pulaski recognized the need for an additional cemetery. The initial purchase of what is now Maplewood Cemetery was approximately seven acres. The first lots were sold in 1855. This original design of . . . — Map (db m75168) HM
23Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 31 — Martin College
Thomas Martin founded Martin Female College in 1870, to fulfill the wish of his dying daughter for a girls' school in Giles County. Its first president was William K. Jones. Fire destroyed it in 1904. It became coeducational in 1937. The Methodist . . . — Map (db m29802) HM
24Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Native Americans in Giles County
The land that was to become Giles County was claimed as hunting lands by both the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations. The treaties of Hopewell between the U.S. Government and the Cherokees (1785) and the Chickasaws (1786) established boundaries between . . . — Map (db m151150) HM
25Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Neill Smith Brown — (1810-1886)
City Recorder of Pulaski Member, Tennessee State Legislature Governor of Tennessee 1847 - 1849 United States Minister to Russia 1850 - 1853 Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives A native Giles countian, Neill S. Brown was born . . . — Map (db m151141) HM
26Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I — "The Trail Where They Cried"
This sculpture is a small piece of theater, a tableau to engage the spectator in the heartbreak of the Cherokee walking west on the two routes of the Trail of Tears that crossed in Pulaski. Fear, suffering, survival, and resolve are expressed within . . . — Map (db m81562) HM
27Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 39 — Old Graveyard
Site of the first graveyard in Pulaski. Used for interments from 1817 until 1888. The first pastor of the local Presbyterian Church is buried here along with ten former mayors and other prominent citizens of the time. In 1968 the abandoned graveyard . . . — Map (db m75152) HM
28Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Professor John Thomas Bridgeforth — Pioneer in Education
Born in Giles County in 1870, J.T. Bridgeforth was educated at A&T State College. In the early 1900's he became interested in securing a county school for black children living outside the city limits of Pulaski and was the prime mover in organizing . . . — Map (db m151147) HM
29Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Pulaski Academy
The first school in Pulaski/Giles County was chartered by the State of Tennessee on November 23, 1809, just nine days after the passage of the legislation establishing the county. Chartered as the Pulaski Academy, the designated trustees were . . . — Map (db m151162) HM
30Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Pulaski Cornerstone — Northeast
This marker is one of four which laid out one square mile (640 acres=one section) in 1841. A land grant was issued in 1809 and 1813 to the City of Pulaski and the County of Giles by James Madison, President of the United States. — Map (db m151109) HM
31Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Pulaski Cornerstone — Southeast
This marker is one of four which laid out one square mile (640 acres=one section) in 1841. A land grant was issued in 1809 and 1813 to the City of Pulaski and the County of Giles by James Madison, President of the United States. — Map (db m151145) HM
32Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District
This District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 by United States Department of Interior. The Square was laid out in 1811 by the original County Commissioners. Buildings date from 1867 and reflect the Victorian Style of . . . — Map (db m29806) HM
33Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Sam Davis
(Front): Born Oct. 6, 1842 Near Smyrna, Rutherford County Tennessee. Though a Confederate Soldier in the line of duty, he was executed as a spy by the Federals at Pulaski, Nov. 27, 1863. "Let come what must, I keep my Trust." Sam . . . — Map (db m81563) HM
34Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Sam Davis Avenue Historic District
Tracing the original eastern city boundary and the Congressional Reservation Line once dividing white and Indian territory, Sam Davis Avenue is named for a Confederate hero hanged by Federals on this hill in 1863. The Historical District, placed on . . . — Map (db m87123) HM
35Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Samuel “Sam” Davis — (1842 - 1863) — The Boy Hero of the Confederacy —
Sam Davis was born on October 6, 1842 in Smyrna, Tennessee, attended Nashville's Western Military Academy and, like many other young men, left school to join the Confederate Army in 1861. He served as a private in Company I for the 1st Tennessee . . . — Map (db m151144) HM
36Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 11 — Schofield — Nov. 22, 1864
Major General Schofield, with the IV Corps, to which were attached the XXIII Corps (Stanley) and Hatch's Cavalry Division, started north from this area toward Columbia, to avoid being outflanked by the Army of Tennessee (Hood), advancing from the . . . — Map (db m151164) HM
37Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Seventh Kentucky Mounted Infantry Memorial
Died in the performance of a faithful service. On the morning of September 27, 1864, the Seventh Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Forrest's Cavalry, Confederate States Army, engaged the enemy on this field, and the following is a list of it's . . . — Map (db m69732) HM WM
38Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — South Pulaski Historic District
This district, including South First, South Second and South Third Streets, was placed on the National Register of Historic places by the United States Department of Interior. The streets were laid out on the original town plat. Houses date from . . . — Map (db m29804) HM
39Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — The Bell Route — The Trail of Tears
Bell's Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, 1838-1839 Overview The detachment headed by John Bell differed from the parties under Cherokee Chief John Ross's supervision. Bell's detachment was composed of . . . — Map (db m29811) HM
40Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — The Benge Route — The Trail of Tears
John Benge's Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, 1838-1839 John Benge led one detachment of approximately 1100 Cherokee with 60 wagons and 600 horses that left from Alabama on . . . — Map (db m29812) HM
41Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — The Bridge — Trail of Tears Richland Creek Overlook — The Bell and Benge Detachments Passed by Here —
Two Cherokee Detachments traveling on the Trail of Tears crossed Richland Creek in Pulaski just two weeks apart in the autumn of 1838. John Benge led one group of nearly 1100 Cherokee with 60 wagons and 600 horses through Pulaski, possibly on . . . — Map (db m151136) HM
42Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center
The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center Popularly known as the Rock Church, this beautiful chapel of Gothic architectural design was constructed by native limestone and was dedicated as the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on August 10, 1941. A . . . — Map (db m29810) HM
43Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — This Well — Historical Marker
This well, hand dug by the city in 1847, was the main water supply for the square until a public water system was installed in 1892. — Map (db m151111) HM
44Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Thomas Martin (1799-1870) — Pulaski Heritage Trail
Thomas Martin epitomized what is meant by “Good Citizen.” With others of his time, Martin was recognized for energy, perseverance, integrity, liberality and enlarged views of public policy. He left an impression for good on each . . . — Map (db m151139) HM
45Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Thomas McKissack Jones — (1816-1892) — Mayor-Judge Representative to Confederate Congress —
Thomas Jones was born in Peron County, North Carolina on December 12, 1816 and moved to Giles County with his family in 1817. Jones received his early education at Wurtemburg Academy and studied at the University of Alabama and University of . . . — Map (db m75174) HM
46Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — Trail of Tears — Bell and Benge Removal Routes
The 1830 Indian Removal Act mandated the removal of all American Indian Tribes East of the Mississippi River to lands in the West. Pulaski, Tennessee is where the Bell and Benge routes crossed in 1838. Benge's route left Fort Payne, AL on September . . . — Map (db m81601) HM
47Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — United States Colored Infantry — 110th and 111th Regiments
The Union Army's utilization of freed slaves as soldiers in southern middle Tennessee and north Alabama began in earnest in late 1863 with the recruitment of 300 black men for the 17th United States Colored Infantry. By February of 1864 over 7,500 . . . — Map (db m151146) HM
48Tennessee (Giles County), Pulaski — 3F 46 — Walter Hershel Beech — 1891~1950
Born in Pulaski, in 1891, Walter Herschel Beech was an aviation pioneer. In 1924 he helped to establish the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita, Kansas. By 1929 the company was the world's largest producer of commercial aircraft. In 1932, . . . — Map (db m29803) HM
 
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