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By Tom Gillard, January 3, 2010
"Kentuck" Marker
Tennessee (Franklin County), Belvidere — 2E 32 — "Kentuck"
The homestead which David Crockett occupied and named in 1812 is now marked by a well standing in a field 3-1/2 miles south and to the east of this road. From here he went to the Creek War; his first wife died here. In 1816 he married Elizabeth . . . — Map (db m26872) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Belvidere — 2E20 — John Ruch
Lived here. He came to Franklin Co. in 1872 from Ohio. In 1892, with the aid of J. B. Killebrew, agricultural agent of the N. C. & St. L. RR. and former State Commissioner of Agriculture, he imported from France the first crimson clover seed, . . . — Map (db m26828) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Belvidere — 2E 31 — Polly Finlay Crockett
David Crockett, his first wife and their children settled on a homestead a few miles east about 1813. She died in 1815, following her husband's return from the Creek War. She is buried in an old cemetery overlooking Bean's Creek, about five miles . . . — Map (db m26172) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Cowan — 2E 78 — Cowan Railroad Museum
Built in 1904, the Cowan Railroad Depot handled travelers bound for Nashville and Chattanooga, as well as Sewanee and the Cumberland Plateau, until it closed in 1971. In 1976 the depot was moved from Tennessee Avenue to its present location, now . . . — Map (db m58253) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Cowan — Passing Through CowanCumberland Mountain Tunnel — Tullahoma Campaign
(preface) After the Battle of Stones River ended on January 2, 1853, Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans occupied Murfreesboro. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg withdrew south to the Highland Rim to protect the rail junction at Tullahoma, Bragg’s . . . — Map (db m75267) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Cowan — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — Philip Henry Sheridan
On 4 July 1863 Union Major General Philip Sheridan’s 3rd Division (McCook’s XX Corps) was stationed here in Cowan. This was the deepest advance of Union infantry in the Tullahoma Campaign. He and his men had crossed the Elk River just above Rock . . . — Map (db m75264) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Cowan — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — Anatomy of a Campaign
In late June of 1863, Union Major General William S. Rosecrans launched a massive offensive from his base in Murfreesboro in an attempt to drive Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s 43,000-man Army of Tennessee from its entrenchments at . . . — Map (db m81535) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Estill Springs — 2E 48 — Camp Harris
Here was one of the earlier training camps of the Confederacy. Units training here included the 1st Tenn. Infantry (Maney) and 17th Tenn. Infantry (Newman). The area, covering the former mill settlement of Allisonia, was heavily fortified to protect . . . — Map (db m81537) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Old Salem — 2E 33 — Falls Mill
1.2 miles north. In 1810, this was a leading cotton-producing region. The brick building, built around 1825, housed a thread mill, which utilized the water power of Bean's Creek. It operated sporadically until about 1890. — Map (db m26175) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Old Salem — 2E 30 — Jesse Bean
The first permanent settler in what later became Franklin Co., he established a forge and gunsmith shop in a cave on Caney Hollow Branch, about three miles north, shortly after 1800. A gunsmith of great ability, his 45-inch long rifles became famous . . . — Map (db m31561) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Sewanee — 2E 21 — Army of TennesseeJuly 4, 1863
Here, and extending 2 miles S.W., occurred the last battle of the Middle Tennessee Campaign. Protecting Bragg's withdrawal, Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, with Texas Rangers and the 4th Tenn. Cav., repulsed an attack by the 5th & 6th Ky. Cav., under Col. . . . — Map (db m24192) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Sewanee — Edmund Kirby SmithMay 16, 1824 – March 28, 1893
He was a career United States Army officer and educator. He served as a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, notable for his command of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederacy after the fall of Vicksburg. . . . — Map (db m25437) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Sewanee — 2E 55 — Rebel's Rest
Here, before the War Between the States, stood the frame residence of Bishop Leonidas Polk of Louisiana, a principal founder of the University of the South. Here were built in 1866 the first two log cabins of postwar Sewanee by Bishop Charles T. . . . — Map (db m25430) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Sewanee — 2E 8 — University of the South
Founded Jan. 6, 1858, under charter granting perpetual direction by the Episcopal Church in Ala., Ark., Ga., La., Miss., N. Car., S. Car., Tenn., and Texas. Nearby, Leonidas Polk, Bishop of La., later Lt. Gen., C.S.A., laid the cornerstone for the . . . — Map (db m62036) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Tullahoma — 2E 11 — Isham G. Harris
Born near here, 1818. Was the only governor of Confederate State of Tennessee. In Congress 1849-51; elected governor, 1857-59-61. When U.S. forces captured Nashville, joined staff of Army of Tennessee for remainder of War. Fled to Mexico, 1865, . . . — Map (db m62037) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Built 1914Winchester City Hall
Between the 1850s and 1911, a livery stable and stone works occupied the north end of this site. With the John Custer Family home on the south corner, the present building was constructed for the US Post Office and various government offices. After . . . — Map (db m75915) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 77 — Captain Samuel Handly
Capt. Samuel Handly fought in the Indian Wars of the 1770's and in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. Indians captured him in a battle at Crab Orchard and released him after negotiations with Gov. William Blount. Handly was a member of Tennessee . . . — Map (db m26168) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Colonel James Lewis
In memory of COLONEL JAMES LEWIS Born April 6, 1756 Albemarle County Virginia Died February 21, 1849 Franklin County Tennessee Served with distinction in the Revolutionary War. Participated in the Battles of White Plains, Trenton, . . . — Map (db m31647) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 70 — First United Church, U.C.C
Located 1/4 mile North on Owl Hollow Rd. in 1873, the church was founded by Swiss-German settlers as the German Reformed Church and was the first such church in Tennessee. The church became the center of Swiss culture in this area which was noted . . . — Map (db m26169) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 57 — Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church
1 ½ mi. S.E. on the Boiling Fork of Elk. Oldest church in Franklin County. Founded 1808 by the Alexander, Cowan, Keith, McCord, Weir, and other pioneer Scots-Irish Presbyterian families. First Presbyterian congregation in Tennessee to transfer . . . — Map (db m25641) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — In Memory of Our Franklin County War DeadDedicated May 29, 1995
World War I Robert H. Ashley ∙ Albert A. Banholzer ∙ William J. Blansett ∙ Harry R. Bohanan ∙ Paul A. Bunn ∙ Ernest J. Campbell ∙ Henry C. Cates ∙ William O. Clark ∙ George W. Decker ∙ Frank . . . — Map (db m81549) WM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — James Winchester(1752 - 1826)
Soldier of the American Revolution Speaker of the First Tennessee Legislature Brigadier General, War of 1812The town of Winchester was created as the seat of justice for Franklin County, November 22, 1809, by Act of the Tennessee Legislature Marker . . . — Map (db m31650) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 28 — Mary Sharp College
This college, devoted exclusively to the higher education of women, first opened its doors Jan. 1, 1851. It was named for one of its principal benefactors. It suspended from 1861 to 1865, the buildings being used by Federal troops. Reopening in . . . — Map (db m25427) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Mary Sharp College
In Memoriam MARY SHARP COLLEGE 1851-1896 Pres. Z.C. Graves A.M. L.L.D. MOTTO; LEARN TO THINK First womens' college in America to require Greek and Latin for Bachelors Degree John Eaton M.S. Commissioner of Education . . . — Map (db m31651) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 10 — Peter Turney
1/8 mi. N.W. are ruins of the antebellum home of Peter Turney (1827-1903). Organizer and commander of the 1st Tennessee Infantry CSA until wounded; member of State Supreme Court, 1878-86; chief justice, 1886-93; governor; 1893-97. The house was . . . — Map (db m25428) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 27 — Secession
In this locality, on Feb. 24, 1861, occurred the mass meeting as result of which Franklin County seceded from the State of Tennessee, at the same time petitioning the then Confederate State of Alabama to annex it. The secession of Tennessee June 24, . . . — Map (db m24666) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 9 — The Blind Knight
4½ mi. S.E., near Liberty, Francis Joseph Campbell lived as a boy. Blinded in 1836, when 4 years old, he was educated in the first class of the State School for the Blind, later in Boston and Europe. Settling in England, his success in . . . — Map (db m26177) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — Anatomy of a Campaign
In late June of 1863, Union Major General William S. Rosecrans launched a massive offensive from his base in Murfreesboro in an attempt to drive Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s 43,000-man Army of Tennessee from its entrenchments at . . . — Map (db m75257) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — The Confederate Retreat
From June 24th to June 27th, the Union Army of the Cumberland had moved flawlessly to maneuver the Confederate Army of Tennessee out of its position south of the Highland Rim. As Rosecrans would later say, only heavy rains had prevented a complete . . . — Map (db m81551) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Winchester's Civil War SitesCounty Seceded before the State
When Tennessee failed to secede from the Union on February 9, 1861, Franklin County residents met here at the courthouse. They listened to attorney Peter Turney’s forceful speech offering resolutions in favor of secession and reportedly adopted them . . . — Map (db m75226) HM

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