“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Forrest's Cavalry

Forrest's Cavalry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Forrest's Cavalry Tablet
Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry
On February 12, 1862, Forrest's Cavalry engaged in maneuvers to delay the advance of the Federal force on Fort Donelson. Observing the change of direction made by McClernand's Division after the encounter along the main highway between Forts Donelson and Henry, Colonel Forrest rapidly moved his cavalry to Indian Creek to intercept the Federal advance along the Indian Creek Road. A little over 1 1-2 miles southwest of this point, where the road descends from the hills toward the creek.

Two of Forrest's squadrons dismounted and deployed as skirmishers astride this road and soon engaged a greatly superior force to enable them to withdraw, Forrest ordered a charge. Three squadrons of Forrest's left, under Major D.C. Kelly, executed the charge. The Federal cavalry, in conformity with orders, wheeled out of the way before the charge and passed through the intervals of the line of skirmishers of the 8th Illinois which had deployed behind the cavalry. The infantry opened a terrific fire of musketry at short range against the charging Confederate cavalry. Schwartz's Battery which arrived on the scene just in time also went into action, and assisted in breaking up the Confederate attack. Forrest then withdrew his troops behind the shelter of the fort.
Forrest's Cavalry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Forrest's Cavalry Tablet
36° 28.888′ N, 87° 51.209′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Sandy Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holding the Outer Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graves' Battery (approx. mile away); Heiman's Brigade (approx. mile away); Maney's Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morrison's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Freedmen's Camp (approx. half a mile away); Wharton's Brigade (approx. half a mile away); French's Battery (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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