Battle of Athens

Battle of Athens (HMXFY)

Location: Athens, TN 37303 McMinn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 26.656', W 84° 35.652'

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August 1 - 2, 1946

The Battle of Athens was an armed revolt that gained national attention. Attempting to end the control of an entrenched political machine, World War II veterans used force to ensure that on the day of local elections in 1946 every vote "was counted as cast." After local authorities locked themselves and the ballot boxes in the jail, veterans suspicious of foul play gathered weapons and ammunition and exchanged fire from this hill upon the jail, which once stood across the street. The besieged authorities surrendered. At a meeting in the courthouse, an interim government was set up, followed by the election of the veterans' slate.
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Marker Number2A 102
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 4:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 718361 N 3924971
Decimal Degrees35.44426667, -84.59420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 26.656', W 84° 35.652'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 26' 39.36" N, 84° 35' 39.12" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 E College St, Athens TN 37303, US
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