Grand Army of the Republic Monument Fort Hill Cemetery
Grand Army of the Republic Monument
Directions: I-75 Exit 20. Proceed to Hwy 11 Exit ramp. Turn left onto Hwy 11 (S. Lee Hwy) and proceed north to Inman St. Turn right on Inman. Proceed a short distance. Turn right on Worth Street. Fort Hill Cemetery is located up the hill.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was the major Federal veterans’ organization. The organization erected few monuments in the South; this GAR Memorial, erected at the cemetery’s entrance in 1914, is one of three in Tennessee. During the Civil War, federal troops occupied the cemetery (which overlooks downtown) due to its commanding views of the railroad and adjacent turnpikes. Fort Hill Cemetery also contains an unknown Confederate burial section as well as the individual graves of such notable local citizens as Myra Inman Carter, Colonel Spencer Boyd and Judge Levi Trewhitt, who all played significant roles in this county’s Civil War and Reconstruction history.
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