New movie brings life to Jesse James legend

The Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Did Jesse James – that most infamous of American outlaws – once live in Rutherford County? The life and death of James, an ex-Confederate partisan, is the focus of a new motion picture starring Brad Pitt. The movie pitches Jesse as one of America’s…

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CSA Scout Dewitt Jobe died horrible death

MURFREESBORO POST, MIKE WEST, 10/07/2007 Most Rutherford County school children have at least been exposed to the story of Sam Davis, “the boy hero of the Confederacy.” Davis was a member of Coleman’s Scouts, a unit that worked behind Union lines collecting and delivering information and disrupting Union operations in…

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These veterans fought for independence

Mike West , The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2007 Editors note: Due to the impending Independence Day holiday, we thought it might be appropriate to write about Rutherford countians who fought in another war. Contrary to popular opinion Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.  In fact, a…

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General’s visit here was ‘farce’

Sam Stockard, The Daily news Journal, October 10, 2006 Fifty-five years ago, Martin “Marty” McCullough was working security for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s visit to Murfreesboro when his National Guard detail grew suddenly tougher. McCullough, who was 19 at the time and serving in the Guard while attending Vanderbilt, was assigned…

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A Story of Cherry Shade, LaVergne, Tennessee

Written by James L. Chrisman for the Rutherford County Historical Society publication no. 16, Winter, 1981 (click here to purchase a copy for only $0.50!) All of us who love to refresh and enlighten our minds by breaking away from the cares and tensions of the day, and glance back over…

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Cherry Shade was a Hospital

The following is from ‘Hearthstones, the story of historic Rutherford County Homes’, by Mary B. Hughes, 1942.   The long train of wagons bear­ing supplies for the Federal army moved down the Nashville turn­pike toward the little village of LaVergne. Now and then the steady crunching of the wheels rolling…

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