Hamblen County Civil War Page


We are in search of any information, photos or letters pertaining to the Civil War and Hamblen County. If you would like to share what you have, please e-mail the County Coordinator.  You will retain all rights to your data and receive full credit for your contribution.


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Morristown was greatly effected by the Civil War.  In fact there was a battle fought and many men died. When the war started, most of the businesses became paralyzed. Some stores remained open but most only sold the necessities such as sugar and coffee.  The citizens were routinely harassed by "bushwakers" who were constantly stealing from homes, breaking into shops and destroying everything. The bushwakers were people of the community, derelicts and runabouts. After the war and the men returned there wasn't a bushwaker in sight.  W.M. Evans received a letter that stated the following: 

"Nothing could be more natural than the Virginia boys
to hunt up the pretty girls in Morristown and there is
plenty. Our stay in Morristown was too short but
I think the following lines, by sweet Tennessee girls
whom I have never forgotten, will show very little
time was lost in the pursuit of love."

"Tis hard for you'uns to fight
Tis hard for you'uns to sleep in camp
Tis hard for you'uns through snow to tramp
But harder for we'uns from you'uns to part
Since you'uns have stolen we'uns heart!"

Most of the information came from two articles that were witten by Howard Hill.

My grandfather, Joseph CHAVIS was born in Hamblen Co., 06 September 1877, son of Josiah (Joseph) CHAVIS and Louisa Eliza LEDWELL. His father, Josiah, who was born 1838 in Randolph Co., NC, enlisted in Union Army at Bullís Gap, Hawkins Co, TN 16 August 1864. After the war Josiah went back to his home in North Carolina, but several years later returned to Eastern Tennessee. The family lived in Hamblen Co., for a time, but sometimes on censuses they appeared to be in Hawkins Co., and on Josiahís civil war pension records.

Josiah CHAVIS and Louisa Eliza LEDWELL had a large family, but they were poor, partly because Josiah was an invalid after the war. Josiah died on Easter Sunday 05 April 1890 in Hawkins Co., on a farm owned by the deceased Dr. John Rader.

Submitted by:
Pat Bishop Obrist


Civil War Links

Battle of Morristown

Battle of Bull's Gap
Shotgun's Home of the American Civil War United Confederate Veterans
The Tennessee Civil War Home Page The American Civil War 
from Dakota State University
Hoemann's American Civil War Homepage AmericanCivilWar.com
Civil War Archive at the Library of Congress 
1,318 photographs and portraits
Underground Railroad links
Cartoons and Caricatures of the Civil War The Life of Clara Barton

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