Jackson's Military Road - Lawrenceburg, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 35° 14.383 W 087° 20.123
16S E 469485 N 3899679
Quick Description: New marker behind city hall
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 1/28/2017 5:51:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMTZF9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
Views: 2

Long Description:

County of marker: Lawrence County
Location of marker: S. Military Ave & Taylor St., Lawrenceburg
Marker erected by: Lawrence County Government
Date Marker erected: June 2014

Marker Text:

After returning from the "Battle of New Orleans", in the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson saw a need for a shorter, better military road, more suitable to defend the Gulf of Mexico. The September 1816 Treaty with the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations gave the U.S. Government control over the land necessary to build the road.

The terminal points on the military road would be Columbia, Tennessee on the north and Madisonville, Louisiana on the south. In 1820 the road was completed. From Columbia to Madisonville, the distance was 516 miles, 220 miles less than the Natchez Trace route.

In 1818, five county commissioners, David Crockett, Maximillian Buchanan, Josephus Irvine, Enoch Tucker, and Henry Phenix were given the responsibility of "fixing upon a place" for the county seat of Lawrence County. One of the deciding factors for the city of Lawrenceburg being at its locating is because Jackson's Military Road ran near the site. On April 2, 1821, it was changed to run through Lawrenceburg.

In 1864, General John Bell Hood marched one third of his Confederate Army up the Military Road to the Battle of Nashville.

In the early 1900s the road from Chicago to New Orleans by way of Jackson's Military Road was designated as the major north/south highway.

Look here for the conversation about This Marker it's erected and research to fill it.

Marker Name: Jackson's Military Road

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Highway

Marker Number: None

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Dedicated by Lawrence County Government - J. Mack Chandler County Executive

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