The city was incorporated in 1785 as Tennessee's first incorporated city, and named for General George Rogers Clark, frontier fighter and American Revolution hero, and brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Clarksville in Southern VictoryEdit
In 1916, the USS Punishment dropped anchor in the Cumberland River, near Clarksville, for R&R. While George Enos, Stanley, Albert, and Grover rotated off the ship, a Confederate shell attack destroyed the Punishment, sinking it and killing the entire crew. The four sailors who went ashore were unscathed and the monitor's only survivors.