States: Tennessee: Rutherford
I cannot give you details at this time but I was searching for information on Varner D. Cowan as his name is related to J. B. Palmer, a Confederate general from Rutherford county. J.B. Palmer is distantly related to my Dunaway family through the Joseph B. Johns family of Rutherford County. When his Johns grandparents died, J.B Palmer and his estate were placed in the hands of Varner D. Cowan until Palmer reached maturity. That is the end of that connection as I know it. I am a member of long standing in the Rutherford County Historical Society and receive the many publications that they produce. I remember one that mentions this Cowan as being a resident of Murfreesboro, Tn. and a man on the move toward financial and social betterment. He later accumulated farm land on the turnpike between Murfreesboro, Tn. the County Seat Of Rutherford, and Nashville, Tn. It was in fact, about three miles from Murfreesboro and the family home on that farm land played a significant role in the early 1863 Battle of Stone's River, as it was styled by the Federal Forces, or the Battle of Murfreesboro, as noted by the Confederates. The home was in the path of a major Confederate charge and caused great confusion as it split the attacking force. The National Battle Field at Stone's River features the name "Cowan House" prominently in the description of the struggle.
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