Dyersburg in Dyer County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Dyer County in the War
A Scoured Countryside
No major engagements took place in Dyer County, but foragers from both sides scoured the countryside here and in adjacent Gibson County. Confederate cavalry Col. William H. Jackson in 1862 described the area as “the richest portion of the State of Tennessee” with an “abundant supply of bacon, corn, and hay.” After a surprise attack on one of Jacksonís companies in August 1862, Union Gen. Grenville M. Dodge freed two slaves who had provided information.
Sharing borders with Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas, Dyer County harbored several Confederate guerrilla bands. From his headquarters in Trenton, Dodge requested additional cavalry to fight them. By the end of the 1863, the pro-Union Memphis Bulletin reported that guerrilla activity had decreased.
(upper left) Gen. Otho P. Stahl Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
(lower left) Gen. Grenville M. Dodge - Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper center) Foraging for hay - Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Foragers on the prowl - 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° 1.957′ N, 89° 23.155′ W. Marker is in Dyersburg, Tennessee, in Dyer County. Marker is at the intersection of West Court Street and South Main Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Court Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Dyer County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Dyersburg TN 38024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Otho French Strahl (approx. Mrs. Rosa M. Parks (approx. 1.9 miles away); William Nash (approx. 6 miles away); Dyer County / Lauderdale County (approx. 6 miles away); Key Corner (approx. 8.2 miles away); Dyersburg Army Airfield (approx. 9.2 miles away); Parks Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza (approx. 15Ĺ miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.