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In June 1861, 1,250 Hawkins County residents voted against secession, while 835 voted in favor. Rural residents tended to have Unionist sympathies but townspeople such as those in Rogersville sided with the Confederacy.
Confederate forces often…
Along Big Creek the 2nd Illinois Artillery spent an uncomfortable night as a cold rain fell in the early morning hours of November 6, 1863. Nearby, under orders to strike the Union camp that morning, two Confederate brigades were crossing the Hols…
This hill-locked body of land was discovered in 1774 by Castleton Brooks, onetime Long Hunter, who settled here in 1775 and was killed by Indians in 1777. A fort was here in 1775, under the command of Captain Robert Kyle.
About 1½ miles west and north of here, in Carter's Valley, Joseph Kinkead and John Long, first known pioneers to what later became Hawkins County, settled in 1769-70. The valley is named for Colonel John Carter, who first settled here and lat…
Near here was the site of "New Market," home of Joseph McMinn, Revolutionary veteran, governor of Tennessee, 1815-1821, and Indian agent for the Cherokee from 1822 to his death near Calhoun, on Hiwassee River, in 1824. He is buried there.
John G. Bynum and his wife Nancy Bradley Phipps Bynum, owned this house during the Civil War. The value of his land and slaves in 1860 totaled $140,000, an enormous sum for the time. Bynum helped raise the county's first Confederate unit, the Hawk…
Land, timber, and commercial opportunities drew settlers here to the banks of the Holston River. As the Civil War approached, the river's importance in the Tennessee Valley made it a contested transportation route. Hawkins County residents mostly …
Right To commemorate John Carter, sturdy pioneer, first merchant after whom this valley is named.
Left To commemorate Benjamin Hawkins of North Carolina, Senator of the United States, after whom this county is named.
Back This monument mar…
About two miles southwest, about 1784, young Joab Mitchell, who had successfully made the trip to the North Fork of the Holston bringing salt for the besieged garrison at Big Creek Fort, was ambushed and mortally wounded by Indians. Beating them o…
This county was both Spencer County, State of Franklin, and Hawkins County, State of North Carolina 1786 - 1788, and became Hawkins County, Tennessee in 1796.