Tennessee Historical Marker for Col. Robert Henry Dyer gets ribbon cutting

Wednesday, July 3, 2024
On July 2, the Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on the Courthouse square for the Colonel Robert Henry Dyer (circa 1774-1826) state historical marker. Dyer County Mayor Quick proclaimed the day in honor of the marker. According to the marker’s inscription, Dyer County was named for Colonel Dyer in 1823. Serving under General Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans (1815) and elected to the Tennessee State Senate in the same year, he was also credited with getting a canal built between the Forked Deer and Mississippi Rivers. Dyer County Historian Earl Willoughby, said that when Dyers served on the front lines during battles with Native Americans, Jackson proclaimed that Dyer sat on his horse “‘like a mighty Hercules.’”
State Gazette photo/William Northcutt

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