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Moscow in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Battle of Moscow

Union Troops of African Descent

Front of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Front of Marker
Inscription. (Front):
Battle of Moscow
December 4, 1863

Three thousand Confederate cavalry with artillery, led by Gen. James Chalmers, attacked the Memphis & Charleston Railroad bridge over Wolf River and ambushed Col. Edward Hatch's brigade of Union cavalry crossing the river on the state line road wagon bridge. Intense fighting ensued and fortified Union artillery bombarded the Confederate rear. Union losses were 175 men and 100 horses. Near sunset, the Confederates withdrew, with a loss of 30 killed and 54 taken prisoners. Later, the Yankees burned the town of Moscow, leaving only two residences.

Union Troops of African Descent

Union troops manning the nearby fort and protecting the railroad at Moscow included African-American troops of the 2nd Regiment, West Tennessee Infantry, under command of Col. Frank Kendrick. When attacked the regiment fought from rifle pits on the east bank of Wolf River. The unit was instrumental in repelling the Confederate attack. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, commander of the 16th Army Corps, Memphis, later issued public praise, citing the regiment's "gallant and successful defense of the important position."
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 162.)
Back of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Back of Marker

Location. 35° 3.599′ N, 89° 23.983′ W. Marker is in Moscow, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 57), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located on the west end of the bridge over Wolf River. Marker is in this post office area: Moscow TN 38057, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle of Moscow (here, next to this marker); "Mississippi" Fred McDowell (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens House (approx. 8.7 miles away); Home of Lucy Holcombe Pickens (approx. 8.8 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 8.9 miles away); La Grange (approx. 8.9 miles away); LaGrange (approx. 8.9 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Battle of Moscow. Site photos from Civil War Album. Included also is an section from the 48th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regimental history, detailing the unit's operations around Moscow. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional keywords. USCT
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
Marker's New Location Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
3. Marker's New Location
Looking east along Highway 57, marker is now located in front of the Moscow City Hall, at the corner of Highway 57 and Somerville Street, adjacent to a Tennessee Civil War Trails wayside.
Battle of Moscow Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
4. Battle of Moscow Marker
Looking west along TN 57.
Front of Marker at Old Location Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
5. Front of Marker at Old Location
The swampy and meandering bottom land of the Wolf River runs behind the marker. The railroad passed north of this point.
Back of Marker at Old Location Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
6. Back of Marker at Old Location
Looking past the marker into downtown Moscow.
Wolf River near the marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen Gathman, July 14, 2007
7. Wolf River near the marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,606 times since then. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   4. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Allen Gathman of Pocahontas, Missouri. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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