Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Captain John Gordon 1763-1819

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Location: at the intersection of 8th Avenue South and Broadway, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.533    W 086° 46.919
  36.15888333    -86.78198333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Captain John Gordon 1763-1819
First Postmaster of Nashville 1796-1797

Born in Virginia came to Nashville in 1782. Became a noted defender against the Indians of Old Fort Nashboro and the frontier settlements. Captain of a spy company of the Davidson County Regiment, participated in the Nickajack Expedition which ended Indian atrocities on the Cumberland. As Captain of the spies, reporting only to General Jackson, he distinguished himself in every battle of Jackson's Creek Campaign. In 1814 he performed alone a mission of great danger, as Jackson's special envoy to the Spanish Governor of Pensacola, which resulted in the capture of Pensacola and the cession of Florida to the United States. He led his company during the Seminole War of 1817-1818. Buried at Columbia, Tenn.

1932 by Division of History State of Tennessee
and Descendants of John Gordon