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Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Waiting for the Battle that Never Came

 
 
Waiting for the Battle that Never Came Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. Waiting for the Battle that Never Came Marker
Inscription. A natural thoroughfare through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, Cumberland Gap assumed great strategic importance in the Civil War. Both sides sought to control the Gap. It changed hands three times, but no battles were fought. Troops garrisoned here, Union and Confederate alike, endured months of inaction and boredom.

Confederate soldier Seth Hannibal Hyatt from Cherokee County, North Carolina, wrote home on April 28, 1863 -
Dear Father and Mother -:
As I can get no letters from home to revive or divert the weary mind, I thought I would put in a few leisure moments in pening you a few lines. Notwithstanding I have nothing new to communicate....
We have some tolerably heavy scouting to do.... We have no war news, everything seems to be still. What can be the matter with the Feds? This time last year they were tickling us on every rib....
I would prefer being in a country where we could have access to the luxuries of country produce. But we cannot expect to live in clover all the time. Since writing the above we have drawed meal, bacon and rice. This is Robisons and Campbells day to cook, they have dinner and supper almost ready (for we take both together)....
Col. Heart sent a scout down to Barbersville on the 26th inst. They returned yesterday with five yanks. They took six in the town and one started to run when
Map Showing Strategic Location of Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. Map Showing Strategic Location of Gap
he instantly bit the dust...
Write soon hope to get some letters today. Your devoted son.
Seth H. Hyatt
 
Location. 36° 36.35′ N, 83° 39.96′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on a foot path from the Pinnacle Overlook parking area to the Fort Lyon site in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "This American Gibraltar" (a few steps from this marker); Pinnacle Overlook (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powell's Valley (about 400 feet away in Virginia); Generations Have Enjoyed this View (about 400 feet away in Virginia); Named for a British Lord (about 400 feet away in Virginia); A Maze of Mountains (about 400 feet away in Virginia); Boundaries Settled (about 600 feet away in Virginia); Iron Furnace (approx. 0.3 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker, Parrott Rifle, and Remains of Fort Lyon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Marker, Parrott Rifle, and Remains of Fort Lyon
Marke and 20-pdr Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Marke and 20-pdr Parrott Rifle
The 20-pdr Parrott Rifle is a navy model. Note the "loop" at the breech, as opposed to the typical knob seen on army models. The loop was used for a heavy rope which restrained the gun when fired in the confined space on board ships.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 861 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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