Gen. John T. Wilder Historical

Gen. John T. Wilder Historical (HM1VB8)

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

N 36° 8.82', W 85° 16.09'

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Born in New York's Catskill Mountains, Union general and postwar Tennessee industralist John T. Wilder joined the 17th Indian Volunteers when the Civil War began.
Wilder and his 17thh Indian Mounted Infantry (nickname "Wilder's Lighting Brigade") were an effective force against Confederate combatants, including those under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. Using Spencer repeating rifles that Wilder purchased, his men fired seven rounds in the same time it took their musket-toting Confederate counterparts to shoot twice. Wilder distinguished himself during the Tullahoma Campaign and the battles for Chickamauga and Chattanooga. A year later, he resigned from the army and went home.

Soon after the war, Wilder returned to Tennessee and began exploring the area's vast iron and coal deposits. He established steel mills, coal mines, and coke ovens here and created jobs. He opened coal mines a few moles north of Monterey and attracted community.

Wilder built a house in Monterey at S. Holly Street and E. Stewart Avenue, just south of the Monterey Tennessee Central Depot. He developed the 20-room Imperial Hotel at E. Commercial Avenue and S. Holly Street. Highly respected for his civic leadership by veterans of both sides, he supported the creation of a national military park at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields. Wilder,
1909 Imperial Hotela former Chattanooga mayor and honorary member of the Nathan B. Forrest Bivouac of the United Confederate Veterans (UCV), died on October 20, 1917. The UCV national chaplain officiated at Wilder's funeral. He is buried with his family in Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga.
HM NumberHM1VB8
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, October 24th, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 655803 N 4001642
Decimal Degrees36.14700000, -85.26816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 8.82', W 85° 16.09'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 8' 49.2" N, 85° 16' 5.4" W
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Area Code(s)931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near E Depot Ave, Monterey TN 38574, US
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