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Wartrace in Bedford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Skirmish at Liberty Gap

June 24-26, 1863

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June 28, 2020
1. Skirmish at Liberty Gap Marker
Inscription.  (front)
Cleburne's Division - Maj/Gen Patrick R Cleburne
Liddell's Brigade - Brig/Gen St John Richardson Liddell
2nd Arkansas Infantry Regiment - Col Daniel C Govan
5th Arkansas Infantry Regiment - Col L. Featherston
6 & 7th Arkansas Regiment- Lt/Col Peter Snyder
8th Arkansas Infantry Regiment - Col J. H. Kelly
13 & 15th Arkansas Infantry Regiment - Col. J E. Josey
Mississippi Warren's Light Artillery - Cpt Charles Swett
Wood's Brigade - Brig/Gen Sterling Alexander Martin Wood
Adams' Regiment - Col Samuel Adams
Alabama Marks Artillery Battery - Cpt Henry G Semple
32nd & 45th Mississippi Infantry Regiment - Col Mark P. Lowrey
Churchill's Brigade - Brig/Gen Thomas James Churchill

At Liberty Gap Cleburne's forces and the skill of his sharp shooters with their Whitworth rifles held the 25,000 men of McCook's 20th Corps at the gap for three days until ordered by Gen. Bragg to withdraw to Tullahoma on June 27th 1863. As from Shiloh to Franklin and all battles in between with his strategic ability Cleburne's Division always stood out among
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others and the blue hordes dreaded the sight of the blue flag with the white circle facing them across battle lines.

Upon Cleburne's death at Franklin, Gen William J. Hardee, Cleburne's former Corps Commander, had this to say when he learned of his loss: “Where this division defended, no odds broke its line: where it attacked, no numbers resisted its onslaught, save only once: and there is the grave of Cleburne.”

To Gen. Robert E. Lee “he was a meteor shining from a clouded sky”

Major General Patrick R. Cleburne
Stonewall of the West
Cleburne's Division
2nd Army Corps
Army of Tennessee

Dedicated December 10, 2011
Maj/Gen Benjamin F. Cheatham
Camp 72 Sons of Confederate Veterans
Manchester, Tennessee

Erected 2011 by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham Camp 72, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1863.
Location. 35° 31.707′ N, 86° 20.071′ W. Marker is in Wartrace, Tennessee, in Bedford County. Memorial is at the intersection of Spring Street (Tennessee Route 269) and Bridgeview Street, on the right when traveling north on Spring Street.
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June 28, 2020
2. Skirmish at Liberty Gap Marker
Reverse side
Marker is located in Wartrace Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wartrace TN 37183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tullahoma Campaign (here, next to this marker); "Dedicated to Those Brave & Gallant Soldiers in Butternut & Gray"! (here, next to this marker); Andrew Jackson (a few steps from this marker); Strolling Jim (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Skirmish at Wartrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wartrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Valley Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Beechwood Plantation (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wartrace.
Skirmish at Liberty Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2020
3. Skirmish at Liberty Gap Marker
Marker is in the center
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2020. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 168 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2020. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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