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

The Battle of Dover/Confederate Mass Grave

 
 
The Battle of Dover Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
1. The Battle of Dover Marker
Inscription.
(side 1)
The Battle of Dover
Feb. 3, 1863

Confederate General John A. Wharton led an attack from the South and West against three companies of the Union 83rd Illinois Infantry and several cannons which were positioned near this cemetery, guarding the road to Fort Henry. After hours of fierce fighting trying to retake the town of Dover, the Confederates failed and had to leave their wounded and dead behind. It was reported that 17 men under Gen. Wharton's command were killed here and a total of 135 - 150 Confederates were killed during the Battle of Dover.

The following day, Union officer Colonel Lowe reported the dead Confederates and ordered them to be buried in shallow unmarked mass graves or in a trench in this cemetery and other areas around Dover. One Union soldier wrote in his diary of digging a trench for this purpose.

(side 2)
Confederate
Mass Grave


In memory of
fallen Confederate cavalrymen
Gen John A. Wharton's Brigade
Feb. 3, 1863
Battle of Dover
Dover, Tennessee

The location of this gravesite
was discovered by the
Fort Donelson Camp 249
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Dover, Tennessee

Donated by
Neal and Ruth Mathis
2007

 
Erected
Confederate Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
2. Confederate Mass Grave Marker
2007.
 
Location. 36° 29.199′ N, 87° 50.592′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Street and Forrest Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in the Dover Cemetery next to the First Christian Church. 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. The Stewart County Iron Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freedmen's Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hallowed Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cemetery Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of the Stewart County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Surrender House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rice House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dover Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
The Battle of Dover/ Confederate Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
3. The Battle of Dover/ Confederate Mass Grave Marker
The Battle of Dover/ Confederate Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
4. The Battle of Dover/ Confederate Mass Grave Marker
Dover Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
5. Dover Cemetery Marker
Dover Cemetery Marker & First Christian Church Dover image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 20, 2009
6. Dover Cemetery Marker & First Christian Church Dover
Dover Cemetery Marker (yellow arrow)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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