Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry
Two of Forrest's squadrons dismounted and deployed as skirmishers astride this road and soon engaged a greatly superior force to enable them to withdraw, Forrest ordered a charge. Three squadrons of Forrest's left, under Major D.C. Kelly, executed the charge. The Federal cavalry, in conformity with orders, wheeled out of the way before the charge and passed through the intervals of the line of skirmishers of the 8th Illinois which had deployed behind the cavalry. The infantry opened a terrific fire of musketry at short range against the charging Confederate cavalry. Schwartz's Battery which arrived on the scene just in time also went into action, and assisted in breaking up the Confederate attack. Forrest then withdrew his troops behind the shelter of the fort.
Location. Touch for map. Located in Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holding the Outer Lines (approx. ¼ mile away); Graves' Battery C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Graves' Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Heiman's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Maney's Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Morrison's Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Freedmen's Camp (approx. half a mile away); Wharton's Brigade (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Also see . . . Fort Donelson. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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