"?the best portion of the town was destroyed"This is the Sullivan County Courthouse. Its interior was burned during the Union attack on Blountville on September 22, 1863, as Confederate and Federal forces vied for control of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, located a few miles east of here. Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside needed the railroad for a supply line to Knoxville; the Confederates wanted it for a supply line to Virginia. After several days of skirmishing at Blountville and along the railroad at Carter's Depot and Zollicoffer, the Confederates occupied Blountville while Federal forces held the south bank of the Watauga River.
|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||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 10:33am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 381222 N 4043887|
|Decimal Degrees||36.53300000, -82.32683333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 31.98', W 82° 19.61'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 31' 58.80" N, 82° 19' 36.60" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3419 Bristol Hwy, Blountville TN 37617, US|
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