Dandridge in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Fighting at Dandridge
In November 1863, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet led a force from Chattanooga to attack Union Gen. Ambrose E, Burnside's army at Knoxville. The campaign failed, and in December Longstreet's men marched east along the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad to winter quarters in Russellville, where they remained until March 1864. Numerous small engagements between Longstreet's and Burnside's armies occurred during the winter.
On January 14, 1864, Union Gen. John G. Parke advanced in to this area in search of forage and supplies. Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, whose army was in winter quarters nearby, planned to attack the Federals. Union Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis led his cavalry into Dandridge on January 15, with the remainder of Parke's corps following the next day and concentrating in and around the town.
At about noon on January 17, Confederate Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson's men charged down the Chucky road against the Union positions while Gen. Micah Jenkin's brigade attacked down the Morristown Road from the north. The onslaught caused Federal brigades under Gen. Oscar LaGrange and Gen. Israel Garrard to tall back. That night, Parke decided to withdraw, and his corps was done by morning. Longstreet's infantrymen were unable to pursue the Federals because of the frigid
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 3.083′ N, 83° 24.667′ W. Marker is in Dandridge, Tennessee, in Jefferson County. Touch for map. This marker is located in front of the entrance to the Jefferson County I-40 East Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Dandridge TN 37725, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dandridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle of Dandridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Attack on Dandridge (approx. 2½ miles away); The Dike That Saved Dandridge (approx. 2½ miles away); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 3.6 miles away); David Crockett and Polly Finley (was Kimbrough's Crossroads (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dandridge.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 128 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.