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Talbot in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Kimbrough's Crossroads

Confederate Surprise

 
 
Kimbrough's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
1. Kimbrough's Crossroads Marker
Inscription. (preface)
In November 1863, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet led a force from Chattanooga to attack Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’ s army at Knoxville. The campaign failed, and in December Longstreet’s men marched east along the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad to winter quarters at Russellville, where they remained until March 1864. Numerous small engagements between Longstreet’s and Burnside’s armies occurred during the winter.

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Two days after Union Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis’s cavalry divisions occupied Dandridge on January 14, 1864, he ordered his division commanders to reconnoiter and secure the countryside at Long Creek on Chucky Road and here at Kimbrough’s Crossroads. Meanwhile, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet likewise had ordered cavalry and infantry divisions to reconnoiter toward the Federals. As Col. Israel Garrard, 7th Ohio Cavalry, led his division down the road in front of you past this point at Ebenezer Church, he suddenly encountered Confederate Gen. Micah Jenkins’s infantry division on the Morristown Road at Kimbrough’s Crossroads. After several minutes of intense fighting, the Federals counter attacked, but Confederate artillery halted the advance. When additional Confederate infantry reinforced Jenkins, Sturgis ordered Garrard to fall back to Dandridge. The next day,
Map as shown in the upper center of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
2. Map as shown in the upper center of the marker
January 17, the same units fought another action there at the town.

Confederate Pvt. Francis M. Kelley, 59th Alabama Infantry, was shot early in the fight and died a short time later. His brother-in-law Lieutenant William McGrady wrote home to Kelley’s wife and told her of his death: “Caroline I can’t describe my feeling when I found Marion lying cold. Weep not after him for I trust he is a bit better off than we are. He is done with this troublesome world.” Kelley is buried in the Ebenezer Church Cemetery.

“I received a dispatch from Colonel Garrard stating that he had come in contact with a large force of the enemy, and was being driven back. I immediately commenced forming my command in order to receive the enemy and cover the retreat of Colonel Garrard.” — Col. Archibald P. Campbell

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Gen. Micah Jenkins Courtesy Library of Congress
Ebenezer Church - Courtesy Ben Carmichael
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 5.982′ N, 83° 20.964′ W. Marker is in Talbot, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Ebenezer Church Road
Ebenezer Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
3. Ebenezer Church Cemetery
0.2 miles south of Valley Home Road (Tennessee Route 66), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located in the Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1122 Ebenezer Church Road, Talbott TN 37877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. David Crockett and Polly Finley (approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pine Chapel (approx. 5.8 miles away); Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. (approx. 5.8 miles away); Panther Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Dewitt Clinton Senter (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Kelley is mentioned in the text of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
4. Kelley is mentioned in the text of the marker
Kelley plaque mounted to the bench image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
5. Kelley plaque mounted to the bench
Ebenezer United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
6. Ebenezer United Methodist Church
located across the street from the cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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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