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Beechgrove in Coffee County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tullahoma Campaign

June 24-July 4, 1863

 

— The Battle for Hoover's Gap —

 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
1. Tullahoma Campaign Marker
Inscription.  Union Major General William S. Rosecrans' plan to reach Manchester and cut off a Confederate retreat to Chattanooga depended upon capturing Hoover's Gap. In the early afternoon of June 24, Colonel John T. Wilder and his brigade of 2000 mounted infantry brushed aside a small force of Confederate cavalry, elements of the 1st and 3rd Kentucky, and took up positions to hold the area. The 72nd Indiana, one of Wilder's units, was placed here, at what is now Beech Grove Cemetery. As the engagement raged, elements from Confederate Brigadier General William Bate's brigade, stationed near Fairfield, attacked Wilder's men all afternoon. Amidst a pouring rain, the fighting lasted till early evening. The Federals held.

In his official report, Confederate Brigadier General William B. Bate wrote that the battle of the 24th “was a bright day for the glory of our arms, but a sad one when we consider the loss of the many gallant spirits who sealed with their blood their devotion to our cause."

Captions:
Top right: Union Colonel John T. Wilder
Bottom left: Confederate Brigadier General William B. Bate
Photographs
Tullahoma Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 13, 2021
2. Tullahoma Campaign Marker
provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archive

 
Erected by Tennessee's Backroads Heritage.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 35° 37.557′ N, 86° 14.494′ W. Marker is in Beechgrove, Tennessee, in Coffee County. Marker can be reached from Confederate Cemetery Road. Marker is inside Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery, located near the junction of Beech Grove Road/TN-64 and Interstate 24. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 Confederate Cemetery Road, Beechgrove TN 37018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Tullahoma Campaign (here, next to this marker); Confederate 1st/3rd Kentucky Calvalry (here, next to this marker); 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Pledge to the South (within shouting distance of this marker); 18th Indiana Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); General A. P. Stewart's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); General Forrest's Farewell Order Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beechgrove.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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