General Thomas Benton Smith

December 28, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal General Thomas Benton Smith was born in 1838 in a hamlet Mechanicsville (a few miles from DeWitt Jobe’s home). He experienced a fun, exciting, and uncomplicated childhood with cousins DeWitt Jobe and Dee Smith. Fate would tragically reveal a coming horizon, as…

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Confederate Reunion, September 25, 1928

Compliments of the Library of Congress Photograph shows group portrait of UCV Tennessee Division veterans wearing badges and uniforms with their wives; Civil War veteran Sergeant Harry Rene Lee of Co. K, 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiment stands at far left.

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The Confederate Monument on Rutherford County’s Square

July 3, 2020, July/August Froe Chips, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Public attention has recently focused on the Confederate Soldiers Memorial monument on the historic Rutherford County Courthouse Square. In the mid-1890’s, as many Civil War veterans reached the end of the average life expectancy for their generation, there was much interest…

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Battle of Stones River: The Harding House and the Brick Kiln

2004 Stones River National Battlefield, Historic Resource Study The Harding House present at the time of the battle was a two-story log structure located near the Wilkinson Pike. This was the home of Giles Scales Harding and Mary Hollowell Blackman Harding and their family. Prior to the war, the Hardings…

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Battle of Stones River: The Cowan House

2004 Stones River National Battlefield, Historic Resource Study The Cowan House was a substantial brick structure surrounded by wooden piling or stockade fences with several outbuildings. The 1860 census indicated that the prosperous farm family of Varner D. and Susan B. Cowan occupied this home. By 1860, most of this…

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