Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tennessee/Kentucky: Jeff King, Day 4

25 May 2009
Northeastern Tennessee

La Follette TN - The Civil War Trails Marker for Big Creek Gap in La Follette is at a Cumberland Trails access parking lot known as La Follette Access or Tank Springs one block north of Utilities Building indicated on
The choices for breakfast in Harrogate TN are limited, but the buffet at Shoney’s is hot and abundant with very friendly service.

Cumberland Gap National Park - There are two Civil War sites on the Pinnacle Road inside the Park at Cumberland Gap. Fort Lyon is at the peak and Fort McCook (CSA name Fort Rains) is about 0.8 miles down the hill from Fort Lyon. Both have cannon and interpretive markers. The Pinnacle lookout is incredible at Fort Lyon and provides clear views of the strategic importance of Cumberland Gap. There are two Civil War displays in the Cumberland Gap Visitor center, one of which is a diorama.

Harrogate TN – Lincoln Museum. I found the movie informative and displays thorough. The cane he used at Ford’s Theatre is chilling.

Greenville TN – The courthouse has one of the few Union Monuments I’ve seen in Tennessee or south of the Mason-Dixon Line for that matter. The same courthouse yard has a monument recognizing General John Morgan’s death in town. Extensive information in town on our 17th president, Andrew Johnson. The tour of Morgan’s death house, the Dickson-Williams Mansion, is very informative.

Morristown TN area
Bridge to Bridge Driving Tour Notes
My only recommendation for the nicely done driving tour is for more CW Trail signs like the Battle of Blountville be installed.

Jarnagrin Cemetery (Stop G) – The Sam Davis Chapter UDC unknown soldier monument is at the south end of the cemetery after entering the beautiful stone pillars. These pillars are not made for oversize vehicles. My full-size pickup truck squeezed through.

Bethesda Church (Stop M) – One of the haunting hallowed sites full of unknown graves and very nicely honored even by the only disabled veterans tribute monument I’ve seen.

Bent Creek Cemetery (Stop R) - Across from 7801 Stage Coach Road.

Harmon Cemetery - About 0.5 mile south of Gravel Woods Road on Pottertown Road. The Pottertstown Road sign is currently down, but Pottertown Road runs beside the Wal-Mart Distribution Center south to the cemetery and monument. There is a unique six-sided monument to the men who burned the VA-TN Railroad bridge at Lick Creek in 1861 just to the north of the cemetery. This would be an excellent place for a CW Trails Interpretive marker. Two Harmon graves have Civil War markers at their bases and were decorated for Memorial Day. These markers are on the far northern edge of the cemetery nearest the locked gate.

Bull’s Gap Museum (Stop S) in City Hall (Archie Campbell Museum also) - It is open only Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm and not open on the weekends.

Lick Creek Bridge Crossing (Stop U) - Difficult to see around June 1. Most likely best view would be without foliage in the winter.

Next: Traversing the Great Smoky Mountains

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