Denmark in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Britton Lane
An Unexpected Clash
Anticipating that Armstrong’s raiders were moving toward Jackson, Union Col. Elias S. Dennis led the 20th and 30th Illinois Infantry, and Illinois artillery battery, and two Ohio cavalry companies east to intercept them. The two forces collided unexpectedly on September 1 at Britton Lane. The outnumbered Federals took a strong defensive position behind a rail fence on a small ridge and drove back repeated dismounted Confederate assaults. The
"Oh such carnage you never saw or heard of. It is said never to have been equaled except at Fort Donelson.” — Sgt. Edwin H. Fay, Minden Rangers
(lower left) Gen. Frank C. Armstrong and Col. Elias S. Dennis Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper center) Capturing cannons - Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Battle of Britton Lane
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 29.417′ N, 88° 57.493′ W. Marker is in Denmark, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is on Britton Lane 0.6 miles west of Steam Mill FerryRoad, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denmark TN 38391, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the Battle of Britton's Lane (a few steps from this marker); Britton Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Denmark Presbyterian Church Mulberry Grove (approx. 3.7 miles away); Flag Bearer for Denmark Danes (approx. 3.7 miles away); Denmark Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Denmark Danes (approx. 3.8 miles away); Armstrong's Raid (approx. 5½ miles away); John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denmark.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.