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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Morrison's Brigade

McClernand's Division

Morrison's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Morrison's Brigade Tablet
Brigadier General
John A. McClernand's Division
Colonel William R. Morrison's Brigade
17th Illinois, Major Francis M. Smith
49th Illinois, Lieut. Colonel Phineas Pease

On February 13, 1862, about 10 a.m., this brigade crossed Indian Creek Valley and took a position in the woods wst of here, within a quarter of a mile of these trenches. About noon, the brigade, with the 48th Illinois attached, received orders to attack Maney's Battery. Forming in line of battle under cover of the woods, the brigade advanced with the 49th Illinois on the right, the 48th Illinois on the left, and the 17th Illinois in the center. A company, deployed as skirmishers, preceded each regiment. The brigade ascended the steep hillside, the troops working their way laboriously through the almost impenetrable obstacle of the felled trees. Approaching to within 50 paces of this line of trenches, the brigade came under severe crossfire of the Confederate artillery and musketry. Although reinforced by the 45th Illinois, which came across the valley from Wynn's Ferry Road and formed on the right, all efforts to take the Confederate position failed. The battle lasted about an hour. Colonel Morrison, gallantly leading his command to the assault, fell wounded by a musket ball. Severe losses finally compelled the brigade to
Morrison's Brigade Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Morrison's Brigade Tablet
Just beyond the treeline is a modern housing subdivision, covering much of the area over which Morrison's brigade advanced during the battle.
withdraw from action. The 45th and 48th Regiments rejoined Wallace's Brigade along Wynn's Ferry Road. Owing to Colonel Morrison's disability, the 49th and 17th Illinois were temporary attached to Wallace's brigade.
Location. 36° 28.731′ N, 87° 50.974′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from Sandy Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at Maney's Battery, on a trail following the outer Confederate entrenchments, 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. Maney's Battery (a few steps from this marker); Heiman's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Wharton's Brigade (approx. mile away); French's Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Forrest's Cavalry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Breakout (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Confederate Breakout (approx. 0.3 miles away); Baldwin's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . .  Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Confederate Trenches
The remains of the trenches which were the objective of Morrison's attack.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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