Grand Junction in Hardeman County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Crossroads of Conﬂict
On December 22, 1862, Confederate Gen. Earl Van Dorn's cavalry struck the Union garrison here two days after his devastating raid on Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's supply depot at Holly Springs, Mississippi. Col. John McDermontt, 15th Michigan Infantry, counterattacked Van Dorn's force and wired Grant: "We are skirmishing with the enemy and will hold them ... moving on ... we are after them." Van Dorn escaped, and the town remained firmly under Union control.
Thousands of refugee slaves ("contrabands") poured into Grand Junction for protection and provisions. They became a hindrance to Union military activities, but Grant noted that "orders of the government prohibited [their expulsion] from the protection of the army. Humanity forbade allowing them to starve [and] men, women, and children could be employed
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 2.986′ N, 89° 11.224′ W. Marker is in Grand Junction, Tennessee, in Hardeman County. Marker is on Tippah Street south of Tennessee Highway 57, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Junction TN 38039, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Bird Dog Field Trials (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodlawn (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Gloster - Anderson Graveyard (approx. 2.7 miles away); Immanuel Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); LaGrange Grierson's Raid (approx. 3.2 miles away); La Grange (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens House (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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