Unlike the other state monuments, the Tennessee monument was never authorized by any agency of the state government, nor for that matter, by the state Department of the G.A.R. Rather, individual G.A.R. members with the assistance of the Woman's Relief Corps organized a committee and raised the necessary funds for the monument.
The monument is located about 340 feet south of the North wall of the stockade and in line with the Rhode Island and Massachusetts monuments. It was dedicated at ceremonies conducted on 12 November 1915.
The rear panel contains the following statement: "THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THE VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS OF THEIR SURVIVING COMRADES AND FRIENDS."
Did You Know?
Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.