Dr. Charles W. Cox has recently donated his book, written with Dr. Spurgeon King, Monument To Healing: Two Soldiers and the Good Death, 1862, 1914.

It tells the story of his great, great  grandfather, James Coble, a Confederate soldier who was killed in December 1862 while participating in a raid on a Union blockhouse guarding a railroad trestle south of Jackson, Tennessee,  He was the only casualty and was quickly buried by the Union soldiers after the brief skirmish.  His lone grave remained unmarked and nearly forgotten until the former Union officer of the blockhouse, Capt. David Harts, wrote a letter in 1914 to the Jackson, TN police chief describing the death and burial of Coble and hoping to assure Coble’s relatives of his honorable death as a soldier.  This is a fascinating story that lends not only a new perspective to the horrific slaughter of the Civil War; that of a single Confederate soldier’s  death, but also an insight into the desire of both Union and Confederate veterans to rebind the wounds of the war through the recognition of mutual courage and sacrifice.

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Jackson Archaeological Society Meeting

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

6 pm

Gander Mountain

1523 Vann Dr.

Jackson, TN

Mark Norton is presenting a program about

the history and archaeology of

Big Bone Cave in Van Buren County, TN.

Two New Books Added to the Tennessee Room

The Jackson-Madison Chapter 

Daughters of the American Revolution

recently donated a copy of the newly published two volume set,

Legacies of Our Great Grand Mothers – Early Tennessee Women.

(Monteagle, Tennessee, Tennessee Society DAR, 2015)

L-R   Jan Bynum, Jack Wood, Mandy Williams, Kathy Williams, Alice Holtin

L-R Jan Bynum, Jack Wood, Mandy Williams, Kathy Williams, Alice HoltinAlso donated

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Also donated was a copy of Gwendolyn McCaffrey McReynolds’ book,

The Story of the Yorkville High School World War II Banner.

L-R  Author, Gwendolyn McCaffrey McReynolds, Jack Wood, Mandy Williams

L-R Author, Gwendolyn McCaffrey McReynolds, Jack Wood, Mandy Williams

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New Microfilm Digital Reader-Scanner Has Been Added In Memory of Jonathan K.T. Smith

The generous contributions of many family and friends of Jonathan Smith and the Jackson-Madison County Library Foundation allowed us to acquire a ScanPro 3000 digital microfilm reader/scanner.  It is now possible for researchers to adjust the quality of microfilm images and save them as a file on a flashdrive.  Also, we are pleased to be able to honor the memory of a dedicated genealogist and historian, Jonathan K. T. Smith.  To everyone who contributed in some way to this project…thank you very much.

The new digital microfilm reader/scanner setup in the Tennessee Room.

The new digital microfilm reader/scanner setup in the Tennessee Room.


New Books

Two new books were added to the Tennessee Room collection this month.

On April 7, the Jackson-Madison Chapter, D.A.R. donated a copy of

The Perfect 36. Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage

by Carol Lynn Yellin and Janann Sherman, edited by Ilene Jones-Cornwell.

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On April 9 author Billy King donated a copy of his Big Black Creek, Vol. III.

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D.A.R. Members Support the Tennessee Room in Many Ways.

The Jackson/Madison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are always finding ways to support the Tennessee Room. They conduct a free walk-in genealogy workshop every first Tuesday of the month at 4pm.  They also donate genealogical books and donate money to buy archival supplies.  Recently, they even donated a supply of pencils….with erasers!

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L to R: Jackie Utley, Mandy Williams, bundle of pencils, Jack Wood, Jan Bynum


Tennessee Room Adding Hours

Starting January 6, 2015,

the Tennessee Room will be open

every Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm.


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