Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Confederate Guerrilla

Marker ID: THC 2E 67
Location: TN 146, Cannon County, at Half Acre Road
County: Cannon
Waymark: None


Hiram T. "Pomp" Kersey was a celebrated leader of Confederate irregulars that protected Confederate families in the Short Mountain area. Before leading the partisans, he served in Co. A, 16th TN Vol. Inf., CSA. On 24 July 1864, in retaliation to a raid the previous night, he and seven other secessionists were surprised in their sleep. Unionists led by William Hathaway shot and killed them 1.5 miles southeast from this marker. Kersey's body was publicly displayed in Liberty, and his remains were later buried in the Melton Cemetery adjacent to this marker.