Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Jackson's Military Road

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Location: S. Military Ave & Taylor St., Lawrenceburg, TN
County: Lawrence
Coordinates: N 35° 14.383    W 087° 20.123
  35.23971666    -87.33538333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMTZF9


Jackson's Military Road

After returning from the "Battle of New Orleans", in the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson saw a need for a shorter, better military road, more suitable to defend the Gulf of Mexico. The September 1816 Treaty with the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations gave the U.S. Government control over the land necessary to build the road.
The terminal points on the military road would be Columbia, Tennessee on the north and Madisonville, Louisiana on the south. In 1820 the road was completed. From Columbia to Madisonville, the distance was 516 miles, 220 miles less than the Natchez Trace route.
In 1818, five county commissioners, David Crockett, Maximillian Buchanan, Josephus Irvine, Enoch Tucker, and Henry Phenix were given the responsibility of "fixing upon a place" for the county seat of Lawrence County. One of the deciding factors for the city of Lawrenceburg being at its locating is because Jackson's Military Road ran near the site. On April 2, 1821, it was changed to run through Lawrenceburg.
In 1864, General John Bell Hood marched one third of his Confederate Army up the Military Road to the Battle of Nashville.
In the early 1900s the road from Chicago to New Orleans by way of Jackson's Military Road was designated as the major north/south highway.

Dedicated by Lawrence County Government
J. Mack Chandler County Executive