by Charles S. Oaxpatu
The Old Athens Jail—Focal Point for the Little-Known Battle of Athens
IMPORTANT: The Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog and its owner do not believe in settling American political and religious conflicts with violence, and this article does not advocate for such violence in any way, form, or fashion—and we do not approve of any such violence.
We just love American history here at the blog. Given the current but quite peaceful legal battles against the near-beer tyranny and outright corruption of the Trump administration, we thought the American people might enjoy reading about another time and place in American history when our grandfathers and grandmothers faced down full-blown tyranny and corruption in American small town government during the rare but interesting historical conflict known as The Battle of Athens or The McMinn County War.
The current Impeachment Inquiry is a fight against governmental corruption and Trumpian near-beer tyranny in Washington, D.C. With that quite legal and fully peaceful fight in mind, I thought you might enjoy reading about an actual historical incident that occurred here in Tennessee.
American soldiers were fighting against Nazi tyranny in Europe and against Japanese tyranny in the western Pacific Ocean from 1941 to 1945. After being wounded and seeing their fellow soldiers die on the battlefields of World War II, many American soldiers were glad to come home to the wonderful peace and freedom of the USA in late 1945 and 1946.
Unfortunately, a small number of these American veterans came home to an atmosphere of full-blown governmental tyranny and corruption in McMinn County, Tennessee. Sometimes in Tennessee history, the irresistible force and the immovable object have collided. Such an incident actually occurred in 1946 in McMinn County, Tennessee, and historians have given it two alternative names: The Battle of Athens or The McMinn County War. Athens, Tennessee, is the county seat of McMinn County. Come along with me now and let us do some reading about this little known but still important incident in American history. Along the way, you will discover just one of the many reasons Tennessee is officially called The Volunteer State. Please click on the following three safe links: