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Giles County Tennessee Historical Markers

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By Mark Hilton, September 8, 2017
Civil War in Tennessee Marker to north of Visitors Center.
Tennessee (Giles County), Ardmore — Civil War in Tennessee Hood Campaign of 1864
Middle Tennessee experienced small-scale battles and engagements throughout the war, Many occurred along present-day I-65. At Elkton (Exit 6), Federal forces controlled the Elk River Bridge and protected the Prospect Railroad Bridge with a . . . — Map (db m108233) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Ardmore — Tennessee AMVETS Veterans Memorial
Tennessee AMVETS dedicates this memorial to all veterans living or deceased who have honorably served their country that freedom may reign April 4, 1998 Governor Don Sundquist — Map (db m108606) WM
Tennessee (Giles County), Brick Church — Col. Thomas Kennedy Gordon
Serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson as captain in the War of 1812, he became a lifelong friend of ailing Jackson in Creek War when he said to him, "General I'll stay, will die with you," as others threatened to leave. Pioneer settler of Brick Church, . . . — Map (db m38827) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Cornersville — Lairdland Farm House War and Romance
Here on February 10, 1867, James Knox Polk Blackburn and Mary “Mackie” McMillan Laird were married on the porch of the Lairdland farm house. She was the daughter of Robert H. and Nancy Mildred Gordon Laird, who owned the thousand-acre . . . — Map (db m75135) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Elkton — 3F 38 — Aaron Venable Brown 1795-1859
A native of North Carolina, Aaron Brown studied law in Nashville and moved to Pulaski to practice. He served four terms in the State Legislature, three terms in Congress, and one term as Governor, 1845-47. In 1850, he wrote the Tennessee Platform of . . . — Map (db m34150) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Elkton — Elkton Bridge A Strategic Crossing
The Elk River crossing here on the Columbia, Pulaski, Elkton, and Alabama Turnpike (earlier called the Bumpass Trail) was the narrowest part that could be bridged between Fayetteville, Tennessee, and Florence, Alabama. During the Civil War, a wooden . . . — Map (db m42500) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Elkton — First Section of Tennessee Interstate
On November 15, 1958, the first 1.8 mile section of interstate highway in Tennessee was opened to traffic. The section including an interchange is located at Ardmore, Tennessee on the Tennessee side of the state line. It cost $1.3 million to . . . — Map (db m66257) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Elkton — 3F 18 — John Calvin Brown
Born in the same house as his brother, Neill, June 1, 1827. Enlisting for the Confederacy in 1861, he commanded a division at the war's end, having been twice wounded. Member 1869 Legislature and president, 1870 Constitutional Convention; elected . . . — Map (db m34152) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Elkton — 3F 4 — Neill S. Brown
Three miles N.E. Neill S. Brown was born April 18, 1810. Veteran of Seminole War, in 1837 became member of State Legislature; in 1847, Governor of Tennessee. In 1850 he was U.S. Minister to Russia and 1870 member of the State Constitutional . . . — Map (db m34151) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Minor Hill — 3F 45 — Confederate Retreat at Sugar Creek
Retreating after the Battle of Nashville, the rear guard of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, under General Nathan B. Forrest, and Edward C. Waithall, surprised and halted the Federal advance here on the morning of December 26, 1864, in the last . . . — Map (db m69498) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Minor Hill — Minor Hill War Memorial
In honor of our war dead — Map (db m81558) WM
Tennessee (Giles County), Minor Hill — 3F 47 — Noblit-Lytle House ca. 1840 - 1950
Thomas H. Noblit (1812-1899), who served the community as justice of the peace, doctor, merchant, and farmer, built this log dogtrot farmhouse in the 1840s. The Civil War battle at Sugar Creek occurred nearby in December 1864. In the 1890s, his . . . — Map (db m111954) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Minor Hill — Sam Davis
Place where Sam Davis was captured Nov. 19, 1863 Minor Hill, Tennessee Executed at Pulaski Tenn. Nov. 27, 1863 When offered his freedom for information, his answer was, "No, I cannot, I would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend or be . . . — Map (db m36494) HM
Tennessee (Giles County), Minor HIll — Sam Davis Capture Site Minor Hill
On Nov 20, 1863, scout Sam Davis stopped here while carrying dispatches to Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg. According to local tradition, he was asleep under a plum tree when two members of the 7th Kansas Cavalry, disguised as Confederates, arrested . . . — Map (db m75197) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 . . . — Map (db m29802) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Giles County), Waco — 3F 10 — Schofield's Withdrawal Nov. 24, 1864
Moving from this area, Cox's Division led Stanley's XXIII Corps in a rapid retreat to Columbia. They arrived in time to prevent Forrest's Cavalry Corps, which had run over Union cavalry outposting the town, from seizing the bridge over Duck River . . . — Map (db m75127) HM

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