Clarksburg in Carroll County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Prelude, Battle of Parker's Crossroads
óForrest's First West Tennessee Raid ó
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid through West Tennessee, Dec 15, 1862-Jan 3, 1863, destroying railroads and severing Gen. Ulysses S. Grantís supply line between Columbus, Kentucky, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Forrest crossed the Tennessee River at Clifton, defeated Union Col. Robert G. Ingersollís cavalry at Lexington, captured Trenton and Union City, and ranged briefly into Kentucky. He raided back through Tennessee, evaded defeat at Parkerís Cross Roads, and crossed the river again at Clifton. Forrestís success forced Grant to switch his supply base to Memphis.
By December 29, 1862, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrestís West Tennessee railroad raid was ending after his cavalry disrupted Federal supply and communication lines there. The weary cavalrymen were riding toward the Tennessee River and safety behind Confederate lines in Middle Tennessee.
By late that afternoon, Forrestís brigade was bivouacked near Flakeís Store four miles southwest of here. Meanwhile, Union Gen. Jeremiah Sullivan in Jackson ordered Col. Cyrus L. Dunhamís brigade at Huntington to move south rapidly and intercept Forrest before he could escape. Sullivan also ordered Col. John Fuller to move his Ohio brigade from Trenton to Huntingdon in support.
Early the next morning, Dunham marched south down the Huntingdon and Lexington Road. Five-year –old “Em” Clark, from his fatherís arms, watched through the front doors of the old store to you left as Fullerís Ohioans marched through Clarksburg to Parkerís Crossroads, where they would join Dunham at the crucial moment, planning to hammer Forrest.
(lower left) Gen. Nathan B. Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress; Col. Cyrus C. Dunham Courtesy Parkerís Crossroads Battlefield Association; Col. John W. Fuller Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid, Dec. 15, 1862-Jan. 3,1863
Erected by Tennessee
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 52.22′ N, 88° 23.6′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, Tennessee, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Lexington Clarksburg Road (Tennessee Route 22) and Tennessee Route 424 when traveling south on Lexington Clarksburg Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksburg TN 38324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 4.4 miles away); Pleasant Exchange (approx. 4.4 miles away); Parker's Crossroads (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 5.1 miles away); Freeman's Battery (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Tides of War (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Parker's Crossroads (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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