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Pleasant Hill in Cumberland County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Affair at Cumberland Mountain

A Brief Fight

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
1. Affair at Cumberland Mountain Marker
Inscription. Less than half a mile west of here, on the Lewis Whitaker farm, the only engagement of the war in Cumberland County between regular Union and Confederate troops took place on December 9, 1863. Several companies of Col. Thomas J. Jordan’s 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry bivouacked there after Confederate forces dislodged them from Sparta. Ascending the Cumberland Plateau on the road to Crossville earlier that day, Jordan intended to cross the mountains and join forces with Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside near Knoxville.

In the evening, Capt. Champ Ferguson’s guerrillas and a detachment of Col. John M. Hughes’s 25th Tennessee Infantry (totaling 450 men) attacked the Federals. Hughes was in the area under orders from Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg to round up stragglers, recruit new soldiers, and harass Union forces on both sides of the Tennessee-Kentucky border.

The Federals suffered eight casualties in the engagement. Union Capt. Thomas McCahan wrote in his diary that Confederate “Maj. Reagan” was killed and a handful of Confederates were captured. The 9th Pennsylvania’s sutler also died in the firefight, and the Confederates looted the Union supply wagons before withdrawing. The Federals did not pursue them but marched to Post Oak Springs in Roane County.

Fifty years later, this site of combat became
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By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
2. Affair at Cumberland Mountain Marker
a place of healing. Dr. May Wharton, the “Doctor Woman of the Cumberlands,” moved here and began ministering to the health needs of Cumberland Plateau residents.

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Corp. William Thomas, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry Courtesy Leroy Matter
Capt. Champ Ferguson, Harper’s Weekly
Pvt. Mitchell Copeland, 25th Tennessee Infantry Courtesy Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
 
Erected 2009 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans, and the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 58.582′ N, 85° 11.658′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Mayland Road, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasant Hill TN 38578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pleasant Hill (a few steps from this marker); The Journey of the Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Earl Webb
Corp. William Thomas, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 25, 2012
3. Corp. William Thomas, 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Courtesy Leroy Matter
(approx. 6.7 miles away); Cumberland County at War (approx. 9.6 miles away); Cumberland County's First Steam Engine (approx. 9.6 miles away); Standing Stone Monument (approx. 12.3 miles away); Gen. John T. Wilder (approx. 12.5 miles away); Stokes' Atrocity (approx. 12.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pleasant Hill.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Capt. Champ Ferguson image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 25, 2012
4. Capt. Champ Ferguson
Harper's Weekly
Pvt. Mitchell Copeland, 25th Tennessee Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 25, 2012
5. Pvt. Mitchell Copeland, 25th Tennessee Infantry
Courtesy Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Affair at Cumberland Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 26, 2013
6. Affair at Cumberland Mountain Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   6. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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