Grand Junction in Hardeman County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Crossroads of Conflict
On December 22, 1862, Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn's cavalry struck the Union garrison here two days after his devastating raid on Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's supply depot at Holly Springs, Mississippi. Col. John McDermontt, 15th Michigan Infantry, counterattacked Van Dorn's force and wired Grant: "We are skirmishing with the enemy and will hold them ... moving on ... we are after them." Van Dorn escaped, and the town remained firmly under Union control.
Thousands of refugee slaves ("contrabands") poured into Grand Junction for protection and provisions. They became a hindrance to Union military activities, but
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 35° 2.986′ N, 89° 11.224′ W. Marker is in Grand Junction, Tennessee, in Hardeman County. Marker is on Tippah Street south of Tennessee Highway 57, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Junction TN 38039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Bird Dog Field Trials (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodlawn The Gloster - Anderson Graveyard (approx. 2.7 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); LaGrange (approx. 3.2 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 3.2 miles away); La Grange (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens House (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,126 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.