The Cannonball House

The Cannonball House (HM1BMX)

Location: Blountville, TN 37617 Sullivan County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 31.99', W 82° 19.515'

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Narrowly Missed Destruction

You are standing in front of the Miller-Haynes house, known as the Cannonball House because of structural damage it sustained from Union cannon fire during the Battle of Blountville on September 22, 1863. During the artillery exchanges, Confederate forces were largely behind and east of the house, while Col. John W. Foster's Union forces were positioned west of here at Blountville Cemetery. Several cannonballs struck the house's western side.

It was fortunate that artillery fire did not destroy the house completely. Kentucky Confederate Edward O. Guerrant wrote in his diary on September 25: "Twelve dwellings, the Court House, Jail & both hotels were burned by the enemy's shells. About the half (& better half) of the little town was destroyed." Foster, in contrast, reported on the day of the battle that "the shells of the enemy set fire to the town, and a great portion of it was consumed."

In 1849, Elbert S. Miller had purchased the house and lot from J. Irwin's heirs; Miller later sold the home to Matthew T. Haynes, who lived there during the Civil War with his wife Kate Snapp Haynes and other members of the Snapp family. Haynes held the Confederate office of state receiver and was responsible for acquiring the confiscated property of Union sympathizers. Haynes's brother, Landon Carter Haynes, was one of the region's most vocal Confederates and represented Tennessee at the Confederate Senate in Richmond.

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These photographs show shell damage to exterior clapboard in the rear of the house, now protected by plexiglass, and to an interior door.
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HM NumberHM1BMX
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 381364 N 4043903
Decimal Degrees36.53316667, -82.32525000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 31.99', W 82° 19.515'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 31' 59.40" N, 82° 19' 30.90" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3386 Bristol Hwy, Blountville TN 37617, US
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