Images of Tazewell, Tennessee
Claiborne County Jail
Web Author's Notes:
These are modern day images of the "Old Claiborne Jail", still standing and as it looks today (before recent restoration activities) in Tazewell, Tennessee. Built in 1819, it is highly likely this is the building where Confederate troops kept 16th Ohio soldiers captured at the Battle of Tazewell, on August 6, 1862, for nine days until their exchange for Confederate Lt. Col. George Washington Gordon, captured by 16th Ohio soldiers Cpl. Paul Wilder and Pvt. John McCluggage. It is one of the few Civil War-era buildings still standing in Tazewell today.
The building is currently owned by the Claiborne County Historical Society and is in the process of being renovated. Please see the Society's website for more information.