Dedication Ceremony for Civil War site
The market commemorates the difficult time during the Civil War when much of Bradley County lay between Union and Confederate lines. During this period, homes and businesses were vandalized robbed by both pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces who took advantage of the prevailing lawlessness.
This marker also commemorates the courageous actions of War of 1812 veteran Joseph Lusk II, who at age 73, defended his home with determination against a group of outlaws attempting to steal his mules. He shot and killed one of the group members and, soon after, his home was burned in retaliation. The marker is being installed at the site where Lusk’s home once stood.