Christopher Alexander Haun

Christopher Alexander Haun

Birth
Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Death 11 Dec 1861 (aged 40)
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Mohawk, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 41629441 · View Source
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CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER HAUN, who left a pregnant wife and four young children, died on the gallows at Knoxville. His body was shipped home by railway for burial. The United States flag which covered his coffin, has been preserved by family members for thirteen and one-half decades. It is now in shreds, but is still honored by his descendants. [from:http://www.genealogyforyou.com/usa/tennessee/greene/pbb003.html

Christopher Alexander Haun . . . was quite possibly the finest earthenware potter Tennessee has ever had.
In the 1850 census for Greene County he was 29, married, listed as a tenant and living one household from master potter William Hinshaw. Several other known potters were living in the surrounding area.
By 1860 he had moved and was listed as a farmer. He lived one household away from Lewis M. Haun, his younger brother by 14 years. Lewis was listed as a master potter. Other known potters lived nearby.
The only documentation for the fact that C.A. Haun was a potter comes from a letter he wrote to his wife from the Knoxville Jail one day before he was hung. Part of his instructions to her were: "Have Bohannan, Hinshaw or Low to finish off that ware . . ." Simon Bohannan, William Hinshaw and J.A. Low were all potters. He also wrote "You can sell my shop-tools, lead oven, glazing mill, clay mill and lathe and so on . . .".
By all accounts he was a remarkable man, as well as a talented potter. He created beautiful earthenware jars with copper oxide decoration (green) and coggled designs around the shoulders. Occasionally "C.A. Haun" appears as part of the decorative coggled motifs. His pottery rises far above the commonplace. He was an artist-potter making wares for a utilitarian market.

KNOXVILLE, December 10, 1861
Hon. SECRETARY OF WAR:
The court-martial has sentenced A. C.. Haun ( Christopher Alexander Haun), bridgeburner, to be hung. Sentence approved. Ordered To be executed at 12 o'clock tomorrow. Requires the approval of the President. Please telegraph.
WM. H. CARROLL
Brigadier-General Commanding
Secretary of War, J. P. BENJAMIN, replied the same day, as follows:
RICHMOND, December 10, 1861
General W. H. CARROLL, Knoxville:
Execute the sentence of your court-martial on the bridge-burners. The law does not require any approval by the President, but he entirely approves my order to hang every bridge-burner you can catch and convict. "


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  • Originally Created by: Craftster
  • Added: 6 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41629441
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher Alexander Haun (14 Sep 1821–11 Dec 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41629441, citing Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Mohawk, Greene County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by RaderFarm (contributor 47191113) .