Confederate PositionYou are in the former schoolyard of the Masonic Female Institute, where Confederate troops stood as they defended Blountville on September 22, 1863. Col. James E. Carter's 1st Tennessee Cavalry withdrew that morning of 1863 from the Watauga River to positions such as the one here that had already been prepared to block the Union Col. John W. Foster's cavalry brigade after it crossed the river. Foster took up a position on Cemetery Hill on the western end of town early in the afternoon, and a destructive artillery duel ensued. After four hours of fighting and shelling, the Confederates withdrew to Carter's Depot on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad a few miles east of here as Federals charged through the town near dusk.
|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, September 8th, 2014 at 12:27pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 381346 N 4043795|
|Decimal Degrees||36.53218333, -82.32543333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 31.931', W 82° 19.526'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 31' 55.86" N, 82° 19' 31.56" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 277 Franklin Dr, Blountville TN 37617, US|
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