Talbot in Jefferson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
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.
Two days after Union Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis’s cavalry divisions occupied Dandridge on January 14, 1864, he ordered his division commanders to reconnoiter and secure the countryside at Long Creek on Chucky Road and here at Kimbrough’s Crossroads. Meanwhile, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet likewise had ordered cavalry and infantry divisions to reconnoiter toward the Federals. As Col. Israel Garrard, 7th Ohio Cavalry, led his division down the road in front of you past this point at Ebenezer Church, he suddenly encountered Confederate Gen. Micah Jenkins’s infantry division on the Morristown Road at Kimbrough’s Crossroads. After several minutes of intense fighting,
Confederate Pvt. Francis M. Kelley, 59th Alabama Infantry, was shot early in the fight and died a short time later. His brother-in-law Lieutenant William McGrady wrote home to Kelley’s wife and told her of his death: “Caroline I can’t describe my feeling when I found Marion lying cold. Weep not after him for I trust he is a bit better off than we are. He is done with this troublesome world.” Kelley is buried in the Ebenezer Church Cemetery.
“I received a dispatch from Colonel Garrard stating that he had come in contact with a large force of the enemy, and was being driven back. I immediately commenced forming my command in order to receive the enemy and cover the retreat of Colonel Garrard.” — Col. Archibald P. Campbell
Gen. Micah Jenkins Courtesy Library of Congress
Ebenezer Church - Courtesy Ben Carmichael
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1122 Ebenezer Church Road, Talbott TN 37877, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. David Crockett and Polly Finley (was approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Battle of Hay's Ferry (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fighting at Dandridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); Pine Chapel (approx. 5.8 miles away); Stokely-Van Camp, Inc. (approx. 5.8 miles away); Panther Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Dewitt Clinton Senter (approx. 6.6 miles away).
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