Dandridge in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Attack on Dandridge
In November 1863, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet led a force from Chattanooga to attack Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’ s army at Knoxville. The campaign failed, and in December Longstreet’s men marched east along the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad to winter quarters at Russellville, where they remained until March 1864. Numerous small engagements between Longstreet’s and Burnside’s armies occurred during the winter.
Downtown Dandridge was a chaotic place on January 17, 1864, as it appeared that a full-scale battle was about to develop. Union Gen. John G. Parke, commanding 26,000 soldiers and 34 artillery pieces here, defended the town against Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s 20,000 men and 20 guns, advancing from the east. Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s cavalrymen were attempting to build a pontoon bridge across the French Broad River, while Col. Moore’s Ohio infantry had been sent east of town to join Gen. Frank Wolford’s cavalry. Capt. Eli Lilly’s artillery was placed on a Dandridge hill to protect Federal positions.
Longstreet’s main force approached the town cautiously on three converging roads, with Gen. Micah Jenkins’ sharpshooters in the lead but facing increasing resistance. As Gen. John T. Morgan’s and Col. Thomas Harrison’s cavalry covered the
Late in the day, in the parlor of the Bradford-Hynds House to your right, Parke and his commanders met to confer. They assumed that Longstreet had been reinforced and decided against a major battle. With record cold temperatures and signs of impending precipitation, the generals agreed to withdraw overnight to Strawberry Plains near Knoxville.
Discovering the Union retreat the next morning, Longstreet and his general officers gathered in this same house to plan a pursuit. There they found a whisky flask that Gen. Gordon Granger left behind and toasted the Union officer for having forgotten it.
Troop positions on morning of January 17 - Courtesy David C. Smith
Bradford-Hynds House - Courtesy David C. Smith
Gen. James Longstreet Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. John G. Parke Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 0.961′ N, 83° 24.916′ W. Marker is in Dandridge, Tennessee, in Jefferson Touch for map. The marker is on the property of the Bradford-Hynds House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1214 Gay Street, Dandridge TN 37725, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Dandridge (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dike That Saved Dandridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dandridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 2½ miles away); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Samuel McSpadden (approx. 6.1 miles away); Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dandridge.
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