Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Collierville
Colonel Anthony sent companies I and G, 200 yards to the south and parallel with the railroad and left Companies B and C in the rifle-pits protecting the rear of the Union fort. Company D and E were placed northwest of and perpendicular to the railroad to guard against a flanking move. At about 12 noon, a train containing Major General William Tecumseh Sherman arrived from Memphis with the 13th U.S. Infantry, which brought the total number of men fighting in the battle to about 4,000. The 13th was ordered left of the 66th Indiana into the woods.
Moving north, Colonel McGuirk's command came upon a 40 acre Union cavalry camp at Fletcher Road and Lancelot. After routing the 7th Illinois Cavalry into the Wolf River bottoms and capturing 105 prisoners and 5 stand of colors, McGuirk's men loaded 18 wagons of supplies and destroyed an additional 30 wagons. Because of this delay, Colonel McGuirk was unable to attack the fort from the north as planned.
The battle raged around the fort and depot, and eventually the Confederates drove all the Union forces into the fort, the depot or railroad cuts for protection. Neither side was able to gain control of the battle. Fearing reinforcements from Germantown, the Confederates withdrew without taking the fort. The battle lasted 5 hours. Union losses were 164 killed, wounded or missing and Confederate
This 26-ton, woodburning, 8-wheeler served the U.S. Military Railroads during the Civil War.
Erected 2003 by Main Street Collierville and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wigfall Grays Camp 1590.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 11, 1863.
Location. 35° 2.511′ N, 89° 39.879′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of South Rowlett Street and North Main Street, on the right when traveling west on South Rowlett Street. Marker is behind visitor center on platform by railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 North Rowlett 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. Memphis & Charleston Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Wigfall Grays (within shouting distance Battle of Collierville (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville, Tenn. (within shouting distance of this marker); History Of The Collierville Town Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collierville, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Collierville Civil War Battles Memorial (about 300 feet away); Collierville United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
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