Civil War Trails Program
The Civil War Trails program is a multi-state initiative that creates driving tours and interpretive markers for both famous and lesser known Civil War sites. The program has placed "Trailblazer" signs and markers with maps and text at more than 700 sites through out the U.S. and provides maps and other literature for Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. For a list of historic markers placed as part of this program, click here.
Fouche Springs Engagement
Fouche Springs Picnic Area, Highway 20 — Some of the first significant fighting of the campaign occurred near this crossroads Nov. 23, 1864, as Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry led Hood's army into Tennessee. Forrest snapped up scores of Union prisoners as his force fanned out over the area. These small, but bloody, battles alerted Federal commanders in Tennessee that a serious threat was coming.
Skirmish at Lawrenceburg
1 Public Square, Highway 20 — A detachment of Union troops scattered Confederate defenders Nov. 3, 1862, hoping to rescue captured soldiers and Federal sympathizers held in the jail here. After securing the town, orders were given to burn the courthouse. But local citizens pleaded with the authorities, citing its proximity to a Mexican War memorial. The courthouse was spared.
Confederate Soldiers' Home
4580 Rachel's Lane — After the Civil War, many soldiers struggled with poverty, mental health issues, and physical disabilities. The federal government, along with concerned citizens, provided pensions and group homes for Union soldiers, though care for Confederate soldiers fell on the impoverished state governments.
City Hall, 20 Main St — This small town (much larger during the war) was visited by Union troops and officers, including Gens. Grant and Sherman, for most of the war. Many of the stately mansions and other buildings, many used for hospitals, survive. The famous 1863 Grierson's Raid through Mississippi began here.
County: Fayette County
Date: Jan 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
AiM Book Club - 3rd Tuesday Jan.-Nov.
Location: Selmer, TN
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