"Charge 'em both ways"
—Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —Late in 1862, the Union army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant threatened Vicksburg, Mississippi. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to sever Grant's West Tennessee supply line, which extended from Columbus, Kentucky, via the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid to destroy tracks and bridges in West Tennessee, December 15, 1862—January 3, 1863. He and his men crossed the Tennessee River at Clifton, defeated Union Col. Robert G. Ingersoll's cavalry at Lexington, captured Trenton and Union City, and ranged briefly into Kentucky. On Christmas Day, Forrest led his brigade back into Tennessee. To stop him, Union Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan, headquartered in Jackson, sent brigades under Cols. Cyrus L. Dunham and John W. Fuller in pursuit. Forrest and his men marched down back roads toward the Tennessee River to elude the Federals, who caught up with them at Parker's Crossroads on December 31.
|Series||This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Tennessee Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 409366 N 3970026|
|Decimal Degrees||35.87028333, -88.00395000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 52.217', W 88° 0.237'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 52' 13.02" N, 88° 0' 14.22" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near I-40, Holladay TN 38341, US|
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