By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies as provided in our policy.

Fighting in Hawkins County Map - Surgoinsville, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Assisted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Manville Possum
N 36° 28.104 W 082° 51.085
17S E 334119 N 4037496
Quick Description: A map in Surgoinsville.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 11/2/2017 2:42:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMWZ3X
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 4
Created From:
 Fighting in Hawkins County - posted by Manville Possum

Long Description:
" Fighting in Hawkins County



Location: Long Bend Rd 0.1 miles south of Main St (TN Route 346), Surgoinsville, TN.

County: Hawkins.




Marker Text:

Fighting in Hawkins County
Surgoinsville and the War


Land, timber, and commercial opportunities drew settlers here to the banks of the Holston River. As the Civil War approached, the river's importance in the Tennessee Valley made it a contested transportation route. Hawkins County residents mostly voted against secession, but pockets of Confederate support existed.

The nearby Lyons store and post office, the commercial hub of Surgoinsville, became a focus of activity for Confederate supporters. On May 21, 1862, Clinton G. Lyons and Frank L. Phipps organized Co. A. 12th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, there. Phipps was elected captain while Lyons, son of the store's Pennsylvania born owner Williams Lyons, was first elected lieutenant and later captain. The next month, when Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith planned to invade Kentucky, he wrote, "I think I shall order Colonel (James W.) Starnes to Rogersville to scout in Hawkins and Hancock (Counties). …If Captain Phipps's Company from Hawkins County can be found, …they could act as guides for him."

The war drew close to Surgoinsville in 1863, when an engagement occurred a few miles south at Big Creek on November 6. Confederate Gen. William E. Jones and his cavalry brigade surprised the regiments of Union Col. Israel Garrard, 7th Ohio Cavalry, and Maj. Daniel Carpenter, 2nd East Tennessee Mounted Infantry, and soundly defeated them.

Clinton Lyons survived the war and returned home to a county that remained divided for many years thereafter. He and his wife reared six children.

2016 by Tennessee Civil War Trails."

Source: (visit link)
Location Name: Surgoinsville

Visit Instructions:

A photo of either you or your GPS at the site is welcomed but not required.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Trails.com Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest 'You Are Here' Maps
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Nearest Hotels
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
Date Logged Log  
bluesnote visited Fighting in Hawkins County Map - Surgoinsville, TN 11/2/2017 bluesnote visited it