“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Jackson in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Occupation of Jackson

The Union Army in West Tennessee

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By David Austin, August 27, 2020
1. Occupation of Jackson Marker
Inscription.  Confederate troops evacuated Jackson on June 7, 1862, after devastating defeats at Fort Donelson and Shiloh. In the afternoon, the 78th Ohio and 30th Illinois Infantry under Union Gen. John McClernand occupied the town. The 700 Federals seized both railroad depots and the telegraph office, along with Confederate commissary and quartermaster stores. Almost immediately, Lt. Cyrus M. Roberts, 78th Ohio, raised the Stars and Stripes atop the courthouse cupola, where the flag floated over the town.

The following afternoon any lingering thoughts of resistance vanished when Union Gen. John A. Logan marched into Jackson with four infantry regiments, accompanied by three brass bands. Logan, placed in command of the garrison, made his headquarters in the P.J. Murray house on North Royal Street. Gen. Richard J. Oglesby occupied the Peguese house on Main Street. The Union soldiers were spread out in camps around Jackson .... there were twice as many soldiers as local resident .... Jackson .... under Union control for another year.

The Federals erected a cotton-bale fort in the .... three companies camped around it. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Area around Marker and building it's in front of image. Click for full size.
By David Austin, August 27, 2020
2. Area around Marker and building it's in front of
.... from September 23 to November 23 in the McCree .... occupation ended in early June 1863 because Grant .... his advance on Vicksburg.


Courthouse Square, Jackson, Harper's Weekly, Oct. 11, 1862

Gen. John A. Logan Library of Congress

Gen. Richard J. Oglesby Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 36.956′ N, 88° 49.02′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of East College Street and North Church Street, on the left when traveling east on East College Street. Located in front of the Carnegie Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 E College St, Jackson TN 38301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Crockett (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1873-1939 / Anderson, Clayton & Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Andersons & Claytons Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); General Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mother Liberty CME Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mabel Louise "Big Maybelle" Smith (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2020, by David Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 4, 2021