Rossville in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Skirmish at Lafayette Station
On December 27, 1863 Lafayette Station (now known as Rossville) saw the culmination of an incredible month in West Tennessee history. It began with a Presidential order giving General Bedford Forrest an independent command. The General wished to break the invading Federal Army's occupation and control of West Tennessee. He needed more troops, food, horses, and arms. Arriving from Okolona, Mississippi, on December second with four hundred fifty men, five wagons, and two cannonthey moved into West Tennessee . By Christmas day recruiting had swelled the force to 3500 men. Thirty five Federal wagons had been captured along with two hundred head of cattle and three hundred hogs. Federal General S.A. Hurlbut under orders from General W.T. Sherman had amassed 20,000 men from the 16th Army Corps to trap General Forrest and block his return to Mississippi. After forty days of rain the river was very high. All bridges over the Wolf river from Memphis to Corinth were ordered
Erected 2002 by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1560 and Rossville Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is December 27, 1863.
Location. 35° 2.931′ N, 89° 32.541′ W. Marker is in Rossville, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is on Church Street (Tennessee Route 194) north of Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville TN 38066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other "Mississippi" Fred McDowell (approx. half a mile away); Collierville Christian Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Original Village (approx. 6.9 miles away); Collierville, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Wigfall Grays (approx. 6.9 miles away); Memphis & Charleston Railroad (approx. 6.9 miles away); History Of The Collierville Town Square (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Battle of Collierville (approx. 6.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.