“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Benton County Tennessee Historical Markers

"Tranquility" Marker image, Touch for more information
By Karen Emerson-McPeak, October 15, 2017
"Tranquility" Marker
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — 4A 30 — "Tranquility"
On Main Street at Westview Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
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
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — David Benton
On E. Main Street.
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

Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — Fighting on the Tennessee River — Cavalry versus Navy
On Birdsong Marina Road 0.5 miles east of Birdsong Road (Tennessee Route 191).
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
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — 4A 19 — Gunboats and Cavalry — Nov. 4, 1864
On North Church Avenue at East Lake Stret, on the left when traveling north on North Church Avenue.
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
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — Irish CSA Soldiers
Near West Main Street (Business U.S. 70) west of Cole Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
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 1992 — Map (db m109049) WM
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — 4A 50 — Mary Cordelia Beasley-Hudson
On E. Main Street.
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
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — 4A 55 — Senator Mildred Jolly Lashlee — 1906-1966
On E Main St.
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
Tennessee (Benton County), Camden — 4A 21 — Thomas Clark Rye
On E. Main Street.
Born June 2, 1863, in a log cabin, about 1/2 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. Inaugurated . . . — Map (db m74481) HM
Tennessee (Benton County), Holladay — Fort Johnson — Controlling the Tennessee River
Near Interstate 40 at milepost 130, on the right when traveling east.
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 on . . . — Map (db m96639) HM
Tennessee (Benton County), Holladay — Parker's Crossroads — “Charge ‘em both ways” — Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —
On Interstate 40W at milepost 131, 1.9 miles west of Birdsong Road (Tennessee Route 191), on the right when traveling west.
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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