COAL CREEK SCHOLARS'
ASSIST IN RESEARCHING
3 November 2012
Neither the miners of Coal Creek nor representatives of the State of Tennessee signed a formal peace treaty in the summer of 1893 when hostilities ended during the Coal Creek War. Now we know why.
Coal Creek Scholar, Chad Whitaker, is assisting Fred Brown and historians from the East Tennessee History Center in researching the topic. From archives at The East Tennessee Historical Society, they found that miner Dick Drummond was lynched on 10 August 1893. Sixteen officers and enlisted men of the Tennessee National Guard were arrested for the crime. The county jail in Clinton lacked the facilities to hold them, so they were transferred to the jail in Knoxville.
The ensuing trial lasted several weeks. Tennessee Governor Peter Turney feared that the spectacle would incite the miners to renew hostilities that had ended the previous summer when the town of Coal Creek was put under martial law. To diffuse the situation, he closed Fort Anderson and withdrew the Tennessee National Guard from Coal Creek.
You’ll have to read Fred’s new book about Coal Creek, its mines and people, for the entire story. We’ll offer a preview of the story on Friday, 17 May 2013, during the dedication ceremony to commemorate the listing of Fort Anderson on the National Register of Historic Places as described at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/FortAndersonDedication.htm.
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