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Lt. William McEntire of the Confederate Army made etchings in a rock atop a mountain during the Civil War that are still visible today
(Jadon Gibson, Advocate Messenger) – Cumberland Gap changed hands several times during the Civil War.
The Rebels held the Gap for a year before Gen. Ambrose Burnside led his troops in an assault on the rebels in September 1863.
Burnside tricked his adversaries into believing they were out-manned. He moved his troops and artillery into position while being watched by the rebels on the distant mountain. Under the cover of darkness, he removed them only to have them openly move again into position the following day. This was done a third time.
Feeling his troops were outnumbered Confederate Gen. John Frazer surrendered his dug-in force even though they had superior position.
Lt. William R. McEntire was a member of Company A of the Ninth Georgia Artillery and was in command of a cannon at Fort Pitt, near the Pinnacle on Cumberland Mountain.
When he was told to surrender he refused and ordered his men to continue firing. Reports are that they gladly complied. He and the defiant members of his company were eventually arrested and placed under guard.
However, after dark individuals of the pesky unit were able to demonstrate their continued defiance by tearing down the Yankee flag.
Soon McEntire and the others were…