Germantown in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Shelby Grays, 4th Tennessee Infantry
They first saw action on April 6-7, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh, where the 4th Tennessee captured a Federal battery at a cost of almost half their 512 men. The regiment, with the Army of Tennessee, later served in the Battles of Perryville (1862), Murfreesboro, Chickamauga (1863), Missionary Ridge, Atlanta (1864), Franklin, and Nashville, where they joined Forrest’s cavalry to fight a successful rearguard action in December 1864.
In January 1865,
Pvt. John Anderson Kirby (July 26, 1842-Nov. 19, 1929) was born near Danville, Virginia. His family moved to Germantown early in 1860. He was a bookkeeper in a local store when he enlisted in the Shelby Grays at age 18 in May 1861. He fought at Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862. On November 25, 1863, he was shot in the leg and captured during the Battle of Missionary Ridge, and imprisoned at Rock Island, Illinois. He was later released on parole on April 15, 1865, took a steamboat back to Memphis, and returned to Germantown.
4th Tennessee Infantry battle flag, issued just before the Battle of Shiloh and carried throughout the war - Courtesy Lee Miller
Battle of Shiloh, April 6th, 1862 - Courtesy 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. A significant historical date for this entry is May 15, 1861.
Location. 35° 5.219′ N, 89° 48.662′ W. Marker is in Germantown, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from West Street south of Poplar Pike, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2260 West St, Germantown TN 38138, 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. War Comes to Germantown (here, next to this marker); Germantown, Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); Germantown Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fortunate Survivor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neshoba Junior High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oaklawn Garden (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Gray Historic House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Raiding the Rails (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Germantown.
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