Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Collierville
On Oct. 11, 1863, Gen. James R. Chalmers, with a force of about 3000 Confederate cavalrymen, consisting of the 7th TN, 13th TN, 18th MS, 2nd MO, 2nd AR, and 3rd MS, approached Collierville from the south along Mt. Pleasant Road. Collierville, a Union supply base, was occupied continuously during the war by Union forces, the town being heavily fortified and occupied by the 66th IN Infantry. At this time a battle ensued and the ground was heavily contested. By coincidence, on the same day Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman was dispatched from Memphis to start his “March to the Sea”.
He was surprised as his train arrived at the height of the battle. Gen. Sherman threw his escort company into the fray and quickly moved to the depot for protection. The Confederates captured his train containing supplies and a number of fine horses including the General’s favorite mare; “Dolly”. The battle continued for about 3 hrs. The Confederates withdrew realizing heavy Union reinforcements were in route. Sherman ordered many of the town’s buildings burned. This engagement was the bloodiest battle of the war in Shelby County. Confederate casualties 51, Union 110.
Erected by Erected by Sons of Confederate Veterans Wigfall Greys Camp 1560.
Marker series. Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 35° 2.538′ N, 89° 39.885′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on North Rowlett Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Nort Rowlett Street, Collierville TN 38017, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wigfall Grays (a few steps from this marker); Collierville, Tenn. (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Presbyterian Church of Collierville (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Collierville (about 800 feet away); Chalmers's Collierville Raid (about 800 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the First Battle of Collierville. (Submitted on October 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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