Monday, September 7, 2020

The Battle of Athens, Tennessee


On August 1, 1946, a group of Southern World War Two veterans in Athens, Tennessee, fought and won the only successful armed insurrection in the United States since the War of Independence.

These brave men embodied that irrepressible Southern spirit, that martial valor and moral sublimity that suffused the souls of Dixie and her children for generations upon generations, stretching backwards in time through the annals of Indo-European civilization — that constitution which we fervently hope has not drained from our blood forevermore. The Battle of Athens stands, then, as a monumental event in the history of Southern, and thus Western, civilization, the fulfillment of an ancestral promise; so, too, does the Battle of Athens represent a call echoing through the ages to fall on modern ears that must not remain deaf — a call to actualize the destiny that our forefathers spilt so much blood, both their own and their enemies’, to leave to us.


  1. My mother-in-law's family is from Athen's TN. I had read the history of the Battle of Athens some 30 years ago and asked about it at a Christmas get together. My wife's Granny told me her daddy and a couple of other guys straitened out some scum.

    My wife's great aunt and uncle used to run the funeral home there.

  2. We are going to have a lot of Athens, TN here shortly.

  3. I read this story a few yrs ago though not as through. Great
    trip in history. The more things change the more they stay the
    same. The same as in the same old inglorious bastards are
    doing the same thing today. They need to be walking the halls
    of prison justice and there are aplenty. Vets, don't let us