Yellow Fever RefugeThis house was home to two owners who experienced differently the tribulations of the Civil War. The first, Thomas A. Nelson (1819-1887), acquired property on Poplar Pike in 1869 as a rural refuge from the yellow fever epidemics that periodically swept Memphis. He had moved in 1856 from his native Alabama to the city, where he became a cotton merchant and president of the Bank of West Tennessee. In reprisal for a Confederate raid in 1863, Federal authorities expelled Nelson and other Southern sympathizers from Memphis and confiscated his property. In 1871, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his claim that his expulsion had prevented him from defending it against seizure, and he was compensated. After the war, Nelson founded a cottonseed oil company (Memphis Oil, 1868) and the Southern Life Insurance Company (1870). In 1898, his land, house, and outbuildings were sold to John A. Kirby.
|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||Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 241397 N 3885904|
|Decimal Degrees||35.08278333, -89.83641667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 4.967', W 89° 50.185'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 4' 58.02" N, 89° 50' 11.1" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||901, 615|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6783 Messick Rd, Memphis TN 38119, US|
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