County Seceded before the StateWhen Tennessee failed to secede from the Union on February 9, 1861, Franklin County residents met here at the courthouse. They listened to attorney Peter Turney forceful speech offering resolutions in favor of secession and reportedly adopted them unanimously. Turney raised a company in Winchester and recruited companies from surrounding communities to form the 1st Tennessee Infantry, which he offered to the Confederate government before April 9. The regiment assembled here at Mary Sharp College, elected Turney colonel on April 27, and soon marched to Decherd to board a train for Virginia, and it subsequently fought in that state and at Gettysburg. On June 8, Tennessee followed Franklin County lead and left the Union—the last state to do so.
|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 11th, 2014 at 12:04pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 580748 N 3894002|
|Decimal Degrees||35.18575000, -86.11310000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 11.145', W 86° 6.786'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 11' 8.7" N, 86° 6' 47.16" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 135 1st Ave NW, Winchester TN 37398, US|
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