Refuge from the StormIn September 1863, Confederate Gen. Samuel Jones's command and Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's forces contested control of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad a few miles east. On September 22, Union Col. John W. Foster's brigade engaged the forces of Confederate Col. James E. Carter at Blountville. When the firing began, the women and children gathered the sick and elderly and sought refuge in the cellars of the most solid buildings; the St. John residence and the Old Deery Inn. "In the thick of the fight and more dangerously exposed than the soldiers of either side were the fleeing women," historian Oliver Taylor wrote in 1909. "In the confusion of such a hasty departure distracted mothers became separated from their children; cavalrymen dashed across their path, while bullets and bombs whistled above them. They went through Brown's meadow and finally found a safe retreat beyond the hills." Exploding shells set much of the town on fire.
|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||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7:46pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 381282 N 4043899|
|Decimal Degrees||36.53311667, -82.32616667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 31.987', W 82° 19.57'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 31' 59.22" N, 82° 19' 34.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3401-3419 Bristol Hwy, Blountville TN 37617, US|
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