Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Collierville
An Unexpected Guest
On October 11, 1863, about 3,000 Confederate cavalrymen and artillerists under Gen. James R. Chalmers drove north and attacked Union Col. DeWitt Clinton Anthony's 600 men of the 66th Indiana Infantry, which was camped along the railroad. As the outnumbered Federals took up defensive positions, a train arrived en route from Memphis to Corinth, Mississippi. It was loaded with a battalion of the 13th U.S. Regulars, accompanied by Gen. William T. Sherman and his staff. Chalmers sent a flag of truce to Anthony, demanding his surrender. Anthony delayed his refusal while the regulars detrained and occupied the nearby fort and rifle pits. Sherman ordered the train back to the depot and Chalmers' artillery opened fire, damaging the engine but with little other effect. The Federal infantry launched a charge that drove the Confederates away from the train, which they had boarded briefly. Chalmers retired late in the afternoon as Union Gen. John M. Corse approached from Memphis with his brigade, keeping the railroad in Union hands.
"The enemy closed
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 2.619′ N, 89° 40.004′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Walnut Street south of West Poplar Avenue (Tennessee Highway 57), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located adjacent to Collierville's Tom Brooks Park. Marker is in this post office area: Collierville TN 38017, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chalmers's Collierville Raid (here, next to this marker); First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Brooks Park (within Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church of Collierville (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collierville United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Collierville, Tenn. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,120 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.