Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War Walking Trail
The following is a quote provided by Colonel R. V. Richardson of a Union Camp here in Collierville as quoted from the OR's. "Colonels Green and Stewart, under your orders, I believe, dismounted and attacked the enemy, now outside of his works but under cover of the railroad cuts and embankments, and after three hours'hard fighting, drove him from his position into the fort. The depot was loop-holed and used as a citadel. A fort covering an area of nearly 15 acres, as I learned, was immediately north of the depot, and stockades were in the fort. It was a strong work, having an embankment 7 or 8 feet high, the whole surrounded by a ditch. While Colonels Inge, Green, and Stewart were steadily advancing on the works of the east side (having driven the enemy into the fort), Colonel Neely had engaged the enemy lodged in a strong position under cover of the railroad cuts and embankments west of the depot and fort. Afterward, re-enforced and supported
Collierville was occupied by Union forces from 1862 until the end of the war in 1865. This is a copy of a pass allowing Mrs. Brown to pass through the Union lines so she could shop in Collierville. The Brown's home was located on Mt. Pleasant Road south of the Rail Road. Mrs. Brown would have to first obtain a pass before she could enter Collierville to shop.
This is a copy of the wood cut/engraving of Sherman's position in Collierville drawings made from field reports. The smoke coming from the last railroad car would indicate the burning of the rear of the train by Confederates. That would place the artist's view from confederate lines, as Sherman exited the north side of the train and took shelter in the earthen field fortification some 200 yards to the northeast of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad depot. This drawing was most likely made from field reports.
This letter appeared in the Indianapolis Daily Journal on October 20, 1863 on page 2 column 4. The spelling and punctuation are unchanged from the original publication.
Battle of Collierville-66th Indiana Engaged
Capt. Charley Smith, of the 13th Regulars, has a hand in it.
The following private letter from Quartermaster
Quatermaster's Office ,66th Ind. Vol.,
Colliersville, Tenn., Oct. 12, 1863.
Dear Brother: No doubt ere you see this you will have heard of the battle at this point between the forces here and Chalmers's command, numbering from three to five thousand. Our forces engaged were the 66th Indiana, 15th Regulars, and a few of the 7th Illinois Cavalry—in all 500. For some two or three weeks the rebels have been approaching from the south in several columns, for the purpose of tearing up the railroad at various points. For the past week they have been tearing up the railroad and cutting the wires, both above and below this point. This being the case, the fact was almost conclusive that we would be attacked. —Col. Anthony was on the close lookout for them, making every preparation that a cool, cautious, commander would. Night before last the rebels destroyed the road some two miles above. Next morning Col.A, with some men, went up to examine the road. While absent the picket firing commenced, growing fiercer constantly. The men were ordered into line, and I ordered a wagon to haul the ammunition to the magazine within the fort. At this juncture a train from Memphis, containing soldiers came up. I rode in to the fort and waved my
Our camp was somewhat riddled with balls. The frame building occupied by the Quartermaster's Department received one six pound shot. I have the ball, and would like to send it home.
Too much praise cannot be given to
Q.M. 66th Ind.
Erected by Tennessee Wars Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 20, 1863.
Location. 35° 2.631′ N, 89° 40.003′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Walnut Street south of College Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker located in Tom Brooks Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Walnut Street, Collierville TN 38017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Chalmers's Collierville Raid (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Collierville (a few steps from this marker); Tom Brooks Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Treating the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Presbyterian Church of Collierville (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
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