Christmas Night Shootout Historical

Christmas Night Shootout Historical (HM1VA5)

Location: South Pittsburg, TN 37380 Marion County
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N 35° 0.73', W 85° 42.325'

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Side AIn January 1927, H. Wetter Manufacturing Company, South Pittsburg's largest employer, a unionized company, closed its stove factory. When Wetter tried to reopen with non~union labor, the unions established picket lines. The strike hurt the local economy. High tension between four local unions and Wetter not only drove a wedge between employer and employees, but divided residents, politicians, and law enforcement officials. Growing resentment, coupled with political rivalries from the last sheriff's race, soon led to officer battling officer. Side B

The gunfight on Christmas night of 1927 at Third Street and Cedar Avenue left six officers dead and several injured, bringing national attention to the city. Dead were Sheriff G. Washington Coppinger, Deputy Lorenza A. Hennessey, City Marshalls Benjamin Parker and Ewing Smith, and Wetter guard Oran H. LarRowe. Police Chief James Connor died the next day. Governor Henry H. Horton dispatched the National Guard to curtail additional violence.
HM NumberHM1VA5
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 618118 N 3875158
Decimal Degrees35.01216667, -85.70541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 0.73', W 85° 42.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 0' 43.8" N, 85° 42' 19.5" W
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Area Code(s)931, 423, 865
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg TN 37380, US
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