Moscow in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Moscow
“The river seemed like running blood”
Pvt. Augustus Hurff, 6th Illinois Cavalry, described what happened next: "We were returning to our camp in Germantown...marching without an advance guard, which was very careless... . We had no sooner crossed the bridge than we were fired upon from ambush. This threw our forces into a panic. They forced us back to the river; we were ordered to draw our sabers and charge... but the rebels were reinforced [by Col. L.S. Ross's Texas Cavalry Brigade]... we dismounted and fought as infantry. Many of our horses were shot in the river as were a great number of our men. The rivers seemed like running blood instead of water. We fought until we were out of ammunition."
Confederate Gens. Stephen D. Lee and James R. Chalmers commanded the
"The recent affair at Moscow, Tennessee, has demonstrated the fact that colored troops, properly disciplined and commanded, can and will fight well." - Union Gen. Stephen Hurlbut
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 3.6′ N, 89° 23.98′ W. Marker is in Moscow, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is on State Highway 57 east of Somerville Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in front of Moscow City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Moscow TN 38057, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Moscow / Union Troops of African Descent (here, next to this "Mississippi" Fred McDowell (approx. 8.2 miles away); Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens House (approx. 8.7 miles away); Home of Lucy Holcombe Pickens (approx. 8.8 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 8.9 miles away); La Grange (approx. 8.9 miles away); LaGrange (approx. 8.9 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,162 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.