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Blaine in Grainger County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Blaine's Crossroads

Little to Gain; Much to Lose

 
 
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By Tom Bosse
1. Blaine's Crossroads Marker
Inscription. After Confederate Gen. James Longstreet's defeat at Fort Sanders on November 29, 1863, he lifted the siege of Knoxville and headed northeast, hoping to intercept a Federal column marching toward Knoxville from Cumberland Gap. The Confederates paused at Rogersville to rest, gather provisions and forage, and leave their sick and wounded in the hands of local residents.

Passing through Blaine's Crossroads in pursuit of Longstreet, Union Gen. James M. Shackelford's advance guard continued through Rutledge to Bean's Station. There, Longstreet sent an infantry division with artillery to attack, while two cavalry divisions were deployed to prevent the Federals' escape. This assault was successful, and the Union forces retreated in disorder. However, the Confederates failed to mount an effective pursuit because of the extreme fatigue of their men and horses and a critical lack of rations and clothing.

Following the Battle of Bean's Station, the Federals fell back to Blaine's Crossroads and entrenched together with Union Gen. Gordon Granger's reinforcements. The coming of winter and limited supplies made troop movements difficult, so Longstreet's army crossed the Holston River and went into winter quarters at Morristown and Russellville. The two sides skirmished and foraged until spring.
 
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Blaine's Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
2. Blaine's Crossroads Marker
Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 9.174′ N, 83° 42.021′ W. Marker is in Blaine, Tennessee, in Grainger County. Marker is at the intersection of Indian Ridge Road and Old Rutledge Pike, on the left when traveling north on Indian Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Community Center parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Indian Ridge Road, Blaine TN 37709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Janeway Cabin (here, next to this marker); Emory Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shields Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sawyer's Fort (approx. 3 miles away); McBee's Ferry (was approx. 6.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Nicholas Gibbs Homestead (approx. 8.3 miles away); Frances Hodgson Burnett (approx. 8.6 miles away); Roy Claxton Acuff (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blaine.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 123 times this year. Last updated on January 13, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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