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

Battle of Bean's Station

Opportunity Lost

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By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
1. Battle of Bean's Station Marker
Inscription. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet abandoned his siege of Knoxville early in December 1863 and withdrew northeast with Union Gen. John Parke following distantly. Parke sent Gen. James Shackleford ahead to harry Longstreet, who camped with his main force at Rogersville, where he took command of all upper East Tennessee Confederates. When Shackelford camped near Beanís Station north of the Holston River, Longstreet decided to turn and destroy the Union force. Before you is the battle site, partly covered by Cherokee Lake in 1940; some earthworks remain.

On December 14, Longstreetís infantry pushed the Federals into Beanís Station while his cavalry swept around their northern and southern flanks to block any retreat. Federal artillery fired on the Confederates in front of Beanís Station Tavern, and Confederate guns replied. Hundreds of rounds were exchanged. After repelling several assaults, Federal troops retreated toward Rutledge. Longstreet learned that his cavalry commander, Gen. William T. Martin, had not delayed the main Federal force. Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones held Beanís Station Gap, but resourceful Federals escaped west through the hills. Longstreetís commanders balked at an all-out pursuit, citing meager supplies and their men's weariness. As Union reinforcements arrived, the Confederates marched toward
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By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
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Russellville and went into winter quarters. Longstreet won at Bean's Station, but failed to destroy the Union cavalry.

The historic tavern remained intact until 1940, when it was dismantled before the creation of Cherokee Lake. A later fire destroyed the buildingís materials before it could be rebuilt.

Gen. James Longstreet Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. John G. Parke Courtesy Library of Congress
Beanís Station Tavern by Wendy Leedy, 2010
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 19.843′ N, 83° 22.097′ W. Marker is in Bean Station, Tennessee, in Grainger County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 11W and Bean Station Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 11W. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5980 Highway 11W South, Bean Station TN 37708, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bean Station (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bean Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Return From Kentucky (approx.
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By Don Morfe, July 30, 2013
3. Battle of Bean's Station Marker
7.7 miles away); Mulberry Grove (approx. 8.2 miles away); Williams Home Place (approx. 8.2 miles away); Morristown College (approx. 8.6 miles away); Welcome to the Overlook at Panther Creek State Park (approx. 8.8 miles away); Johnson's First Tailor Shop (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bean Station.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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