Erwin in Unicoi County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Red Banks / Reunion for the Boys in Blue
On December 29, 1864, the Third Regiment of North Carolina Mounted Infantry, under Colonel George W.Kirk, engaged about 400 Confederate Infantry and Cavalry under Lt.Colonel James A.Keith at Red Banks of the Nolichucky. Seventy three Confederates were killed and 32 officers and privates were captured. The Union forces sustained only three wounded men.
From August 15 through 17 of 1894, a reunion was held for the veterans of the Third North Carolina Regiment at the Red Banks battleground where Col.Kirk defeated the Confederate command of Lt.Col.Keith. As reported in The Erwin Weekly Magnet, shelter, music, meals, social talks, a nightly campfire, and a Three C train stop were provided for all citizens.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 115.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 36° 7.38′ N, 82° 26.756′ W. Marker is in Erwin, Tennessee, in Unicoi County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Love Highway (Tennessee Route 36) and Interstate 26, on the right when traveling east on Jackson Love Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erwin TN 37650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Greasy Cove Racetrack (approx. 0.3 miles away); To the Women of the Confederacy (approx. 2.1 miles away); Unicoi County / The Town of Erwin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Keystone Pottery (approx. 5.4 miles away); North Carolina / Tennessee (approx. 6.1 miles away in North Carolina); Jacob Brown (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cherokee Church (approx. 7.9 miles away); Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Solder (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erwin.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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