Battle of Blountville

Battle of Blountville (HM1BMY)

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

N 36° 31.931', W 82° 19.526'

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Confederate Position

You 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.

Carter lost a cannon and about fifty men captured in battle. The next day, he evacuated the depot, leaving it in Foster's hands.

White Side Lodge No. 13 constructed the Masonic Female Institute in 1855 "to promote female education." Jefferson Academy, the boys' school, which stood near Cemetery Hill, contributed funds for the construction of the girls' school. The academy was closed about 1900, and the girls' school then became the Masonic Institute for both girls and boys until 1919.

Blountville, looking east from near the Union position, with the Masonic Female Institute at upper right, ca. 1900 - Courtesy Sullivan Co. Archives
Masonic Female Institute, 1907 - Courtesy Hunt Library
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 12:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 381346 N 4043795
Decimal Degrees36.53218333, -82.32543333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 31.931', W 82° 19.526'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 31' 55.86" N, 82° 19' 31.56" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 277 Franklin Dr, Blountville TN 37617, US
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