Dandridge in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Fighting at Dandridge
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 in Russellville, where they remained until March 1864. Numerous small engagements between Longstreet's and Burnside's armies occurred during the winter.
On January 14, 1864, Union Gen. John G. Parke advanced in to this area in search of forage and supplies. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, whose army was in winter quarters nearby, planned to attack the Federals. Union Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis led his cavalry into Dandridge on January 15, with the remainder of Parke's corps following the next day and concentrating in and around the town.
At about noon on January 17, Confederate Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson's men charged down the Chucky road against the Union positions while Gen. Micah Jenkin's brigade attacked down the Morristown Road from the north. The onslaught caused Federal brigades under Gen. Oscar LaGrange and Gen. Israel Garrard to tall back. That night, Parke decided to withdraw, and his corps was done by morning. Longstreet's infantrymen were unable to pursue the Federals because of the frigid
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 2.064′ N, 83° 19.36′ W. Marker is in Dandridge, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Interstate 40 1.4 miles east of Tennessee Route 113, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Jefferson Co. I-40 West Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Dandridge TN 37725, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pine Chapel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 1½ miles away); Kimbrough's Crossroads (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge The Dike That Saved Dandridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Attack on Dandridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Battle of Dandridge (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dandridge.
Also see . . . Battle of Dandridge. Wikipedia (Submitted on December 13, 2016.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.