Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Invasion through the Gap
For the South, the Gap was a gateway for an invasion of Kentucky to drive out the Federal foe.
Cumberland Gap exchanged hands four times during the Civil War
August 1861 Confederates fortify Cumberland Gap.
June 18, 1862 Union forces under General Morgan occupy the Gap.
September 17, 1862 Confederate General Stevenson forces evacuation of Union troops from the Gap as the Confederates' push into northern Kentucky's Bluegrass region begins.
September 9, 1863 Union forces under General Burnside accept surrender of General Frazer's 2,300-man Confederate garrison at the Gap.
Cumberland Gap remains in Northern hands for duration of the war.
Please do not walk on these remaining earthworks.
Location. 36° 36.495′ N, 83° 40.464′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on a foot path leading from a parking area to the Fort McCook site in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Defense of the Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Dirt-and-Log Forts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Retreat (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Daniel Boone's Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee); Boundaries Settled (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia); A Maze of Mountains (approx. 0.4 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Middlesboro.
Also see . . . Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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