Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Bridge Burners Monument



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Location: at the intersection of Pottertown Rd and Gravel Woods Rd, Midway, TN
County: Greene
Coordinates: N 36° 12.025    W 083° 0.886
  36.20041666    -83.01476666
Waymark: None
 



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Bridge Burners Monument


"In the hour of their country's peril, they were loyal and true"

On the night of November 8th 1861, these five Union men along with others, who mostly remain unknown, carried out the orders of President Abraham Lincoln transmitted to General George H. Thomas and given to their leader Capt. David Fry, to burn the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Bridge over nearby Lick Creek. All five men were summarily executed by Confederate authorities. The five executions left nearly twenty fatherless children.

Jacob Harmon
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
June 2, 1818
December 17, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Henry Harmon
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
September 3, 1839
December 17, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Christopher A. Haun
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
September 5, 1821
December 11, 1861
Hanged at Knoxville, Tennessee

Henry Fry
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
December 7, 1823
November 30, 1861
Hanged at Greeneville, Tennessee

Jacob M. Hinshaw
Pvt Co F 2 Tenn Vol Inf USA
December 8, 1840
November 30, 1861
Hanged at Greeneville, Tennessee