Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Defense of the Gap
These defenses were considered too formidable to be taken by direct assault, which accounts for the small number of soldiers killed here. The poor roads and rough country of the Gap made it difficult to resupply the outposts. An attacker could simply cut off supply lines, leaving the forts with little tactical value.
Later in the war, General Ulysses S. Grant visited this area and declared the Gap unusable as an invasion route because of the condition of the roads. Defense of the Gap was no longer strategically important.
Please do not walk on these remaining earthworks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 36.518′ N, 83° 40.468′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Located on a foot path leading Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Invasion through the Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); A Masterful Retreat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cumberland Gap / Grant Visits Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dirt-and-Log Forts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indian Rock (approx. 0.3 miles away); Leave Nothing Useful Behind (approx. 0.3 miles away); Daniel Boone Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cumberland Gap Civil War Defenses
Also see . . . Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.