Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Siege on Fort

Marker ID:  
Location: on Vowell Mountain Lane, Lake City, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.883    W 084° 10.017
  36.21471666    -84.16695
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Siege on Fort

The Tennessee Coal Mining Company in Briceville dismissed convict labor in February 1892 and sold stock in the company to miners. Subsequent attempts to convince Gov. Buchanan to remove troops from the watershed failed, so miners attacked at this location in the summer of 1892.

Soldiers repulsed attacks using Gatling guns. Miners switched tactics and captured Col. Kellar Anderson, commander of the fort, one night while he was in the town of Coal Creek. General Sam Carnes arrived with reinforcements to impose marshal law, holding local townspeople hostage, until the commander was released.

Brushy Mountain State Prison, thus ending the convict lease system in Tennessee.

Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.


Coordinates may be incorrect (??)