Stokes' Atrocity Historical

Stokes' Atrocity Historical (HM1V8G)

Location: Monterey, TN 38574 Putnam County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 8.845', W 85° 16.066'

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Four miles north of this site, the atrocity occurred during the War Between the States. On March 12, 1864, Federal Col. William B. Stokes and approximately 200 soldiers of the 5th Tenn. Volunteer Cavalry (Union) surrounded the homes of a southern sympathizer and shot six unarmed Confederate soldiers. These soldiers, led by 2nd Lt. Robert S. Davis, included members from Terry's 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment and one Alabama cavalryman. They became separated from their original outfit and had recently joined forces with Captain Champ Ferguson's independent cavalry company.

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Days earlier the Confederates had routed Col. Stoke's command in skirmish at Dug Hill on the Calfkiller River. Shortly after the shooting at the house, Lt. Davis — the only Confederate wounded and not killed outright — was taken into the yard, tied to a cedar gatepost and his body riddled with bullets. His last words were "you ought not to do this, I have never done anything but my sworn duty."
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HM NumberHM1V8G
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 655838 N 4001689
Decimal Degrees36.14741667, -85.26776667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 8.845', W 85° 16.066'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 8' 50.7" N, 85° 16' 3.96" W
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Area Code(s)931
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 107 E Commercial Ave, Monterey TN 38574, US
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