Civil War Trails
Take to the Trails
Men from this area enlisted in both armies. Oliver P. Hamilton organized one of the first local Confederate regiments in December 1862. He was elected major (and later became lieutenant colonel) of Hamilton’s Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. This partisan ranger band made its headquarters at Celina. Hamilton’s men patrolled the Tennessee-Kentucky line, enforced the conscript law, and guarded army stock and supplies between Celina and Gainsborough.
[NOTE: The copy above was taken from https://www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/place/4459/celina-during-the-civil-war/. We’ll need to make sure we have permission to use it.]
Clay County has two Civil War Markers: one at Courthouse Square and one at Clay County Museum.
For more information about Tennessee Trails, call (615) 532-7520 or visit the state’s Tennessee Civil War Trails website.
Tennessee Civil War 150 series
Tennessee Civil War 150 focuses on several areas of life in Tennessee, including secession, the role of women, rivers & railways, music, the African-American experience and the Battle of Shiloh.