Russellville in Hamblen County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A Cold Command
Longstreet's staff faced the task of feeding and supplying about 25,000 men. They took control of most of the area's mills and tanneries. Cain Mill near Russellville ground corn day and night for the army. The local Methodist church served as a hospital.
On December 29, 1863, Union forces defeated part of Longstreet's command at Mossy Creek. When the temperature fell to 24° below zero on January 1, however, the Federals could not follow up on their victory, nor could the Confederates advance.
Several other engagements occurred as each side probed the other's defenses and foraged in the countryside. They included Bean's Station
Longstreet's Headquarters was originally known as the Nenney House. It was built late in the 1830s for William Nenney, whose family members were prominent farmers and merchantes in the Russellville area.
Erected 2010 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 15.441′ N, 83° 11.749′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Tennessee, in Hamblen County. Marker is on Andrew Johnson Highway (U.S. 11E), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. At the northeast side of the house near end of driveway. Marker is in this post office area: Russellville TN 37860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Longstreet's Billet (within shouting distance of this marker); Hayslope (approx. ¼ mile away); Cheek's Crossroads (approx. one mile away); Coffman House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Russellville Area (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bent Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3 miles away); Bent Creek Church (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russellville.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a Winter camp scene, 1863, Edwin Forbes and a map showing nearby Civil War Trails sites. On the left is a portrait of General Longstreet.
Regarding Longstreet's Headquarters. House was recently purchased by the Lakeway Civil War Preservation Association and will be turned into a museum.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. State historical marker about house.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Porter of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,660 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on March 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Porter of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. 3. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Marty Carson of Morristown, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.