Jellico in Campbell County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Civil War in Tennessee
War in the Mountains
Confederate commanders struggled to defend Tennessee’s lengthy border with Kentucky and western Virginia. A confederate fort in LaFollette (Exit 134) overlooked Big Creek Gap, a mountain pass, in case a Federal advance came that way. Other gaps were similarly fortified. Although when Confederated Gen. Simon B. Bruckner inspected the posts from Clinton (Exit 122) east to Cumberland Gap in June 1863, he found them “very imperfect.” Buckner strengthened the Cumberland Gap defenses (Exit 134); today, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park preserves both early Confederate fortifications and later Federal works.
The Confederate forts were intended to protect Knoxville, an important transportation center. In the city (I-275 Exit 1A), Knoxville National Cemetery contains remains of white Federal soldiers and U.S. Colored Troops who died in the area fighting. Both Confederate and Unionist leaders are buried in adjacent Old Gray Cemetery. The East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street interprets the region’s divided loyalties and the effects of the war.
Follow the routes of the
"Drawing Artillery Across the Mountains," Harper's Weekly, Nov. 21, 1863
Cumberland Gap Courtesy Lincoln Memorial University
Union Monument, Knoxville National Cemetery (statue of Union soldier replaced the eagle in 1906) - 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° 35.318′ N, 84° 6.358′ W. Marker is in Jellico, Tennessee, in Campbell County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 75 north of 5th Street (U.S. 25W), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of the Tennessee Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Jellico TN 37762, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. All Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee - Campbell County / Kentucky Kirby Smith Invades Kentucky (approx. 1.1 miles away); Conflict in Campbell County (approx. 2 miles away); Roy Martis Chappell (approx. 10.4 miles away in Kentucky); Cumberland College (approx. 10.8 miles away in Kentucky); Clyde V. and Patricia Bennett Building (approx. 10.8 miles away in Kentucky); Roburn Hall (approx. 10.8 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jellico.
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