Gibbs Crossroads

Gibbs Crossroads (HMRG2)

Location: Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150 Macon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 26.933', W 85° 52.846'

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Crossroads of War

Places once prominent in Tennessee's antebellum transportation routes are sometimes almost forgotten places today. This road intersection was of significant strategic value in fighting the war in Tennessee's Upper Cumberland region. During the Civil War, countless soldiers and cavalrymen passed through Gibbs Crossroads.

Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg established a temporary headquarters at the crossroads in September 1862 during his Kentucky Campaign. From his camp here, Bragg wrote about his Federal opponents to Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk, "We have captured an important mail, giving us their plans. They are greatly demoralized, dishearten, and deceived; utterly in the dark as to our movements." Bragg ordered Polk to "press the matter of supplies" and told him to "seize the railroad at Cave City (Kentucky) immediately, and if possible by some arrangement secure some rolling stock."

Fighting came to the crossroads in the spring of 1863. On May 11, 100 men of Union Major F. M. Davidson's 14th Illinois Cavalry engaged 125 men of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's command. Federal losses were one officer and two privates wounded, and four taken prisoner. Confederate losses were two killed, one wounded left behind, and several wounded carried off. Davidson's cavalrymen fell back from the crossroads, leaving it open, temporarily, for Confederate movements.

A Union camp was located four miles west on Union Camp Road behind Union Missionary Baptist Church.
HM NumberHMRG2
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
Marker Condition
5 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 1:49pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] OUACHITAREBEL  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 600300 N 4034320
Decimal Degrees36.44888333, -85.88076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 26.933', W 85° 52.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 26' 55.98" N, 85° 52' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8571 Union Camp Rd, Red Boiling Springs TN 37150, US
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The marker is in need of painting, but otherwise in decent shape.

Jul 27, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT by ouachitarebel

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