LaFollette in Campbell County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Big Creek Gap
Early in the conflict, Confederate military engineers ringed Cumberland Gap with defensive works and considered the pass impregnable from the north and east. East Tennessee citizens who supported the Union alerted Federal commanders to the possibility of flanking the fortifications via Big Creep Gap. After a rigorous march, a detachment of Union soldiers, including a company of Campbell County men under Capt. Joseph A. Cooper, first penetrated the narrow passage here in March 1862 and routed the Confederate cavalry posted nearby. A more substantial offensive effort under U.S. Gen. George W. Morgan occurred in June, producing a bloodless Confederate withdrawal from Cumberland Gap. Subsequently, control of the Gap changed hands several times.
Across the highway, on a small knoll above and the right of the old rock quarry, are remnants of the earthworks that defended Big Creek Gap. They are
(upper right) "Drawing Artillery Across the Mountains," Harper's Weekly, Nov. 21, 1863.
(lower right) Gen. Joseph A. Cooper Courtesy www.generalsandbrevets.com and Gen. George W. Morgan Leslie's Illustrated History
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 23.274′ N, 84° 7.524′ W. Marker is in LaFollette, Tennessee, in Campbell County. Marker is at the intersection of North Tennessee Avenue and North Indiana Avenue (U.S. 25W), on the right when traveling south on North Tennessee Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Cumberland Trail Trailhead. Marker is in this post office area: La Follette TN 37766, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stone Mill (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Tennessee Valley Authority Norris Dam (approx. 11½ miles away); The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams (approx. 11½ miles away); Ghosts of Convict Miners (approx. 12.2 miles away); Fort Anderson (approx. 12.2 miles away); Why Miners Fought (approx. 12.2 miles away); Coal Creek War (approx. 12.2 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.