A Brick FortressIn 1864, the Hickman County Courthouse and Centerville's business district around the public square became a burned-out war zone. Confederate Col. Jacob B. "Jake" Biffle pursued Col. John Murphy's 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry for two days from Buffalo, about forty miles west of her. The Federals reached Centerville and occupied the courthouse. Protected by the thick brick walls, they temporarily held off Biffle's men, who had no artillery. When the opportunity arose, the Federals retreated to the safety of fortified Nashville. Confederate Capt. Albert H. Cross ordered the courthouse burned to prevent its reuse as a fort. In retaliation, Capt. John W. Taylor's company (2nd Tennessee), known as the Perry County Jayhawkers, returned here and burned all the commercial buildings, as well many private dwellings.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Tennessee Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 457791 N 3959481|
|Decimal Degrees||35.77850000, -87.46701667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 46.71', W 87° 28.021'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 46' 42.6" N, 87° 28' 1.26" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 151-199 TN-100, Centerville TN 37033, US|
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