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The county seat of Hawkins County, Rogersville, Tennessee was named in honor of Joseph Rogers, who founded it. Among the early settlers were Davy Crockett’s grandparents, who were killed by Indians in a massacre in 1777 and are buried in the Rogers Cemetery, along with Rogers. The county courthouse in Rogersville is the oldest courthouse building in Tennessee. In November of 1863, the town was the site of the Battle of Rogersville, which was between the occupying Union Army and the Confederate soldiers who were invading. After the battle, the Confederate Army occupied the town until the end of the war.

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