Clifton in Wayne County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Forrest Crosses Tennessee River
“…pushing the horses oﬀ the bluﬀ…”
—Forrest’s First West Tennessee Raid —
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. Grant’s supply line between Columbus, Kentucky, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Forrest crossed the Tennessee River at Clifton, defeated Union Col. Robert G. Ingersoll’s cavalry at Lexington, captured Trenton and Union city, and ranged briefly into Kentucky. He raided back through Tennessee, evaded defeat at Parker’s Crossroads, and crossed the river again at Clifton. Forrest’s success forced Grant to switch his supply base to Memphis.
Confederate Gen. Nathan B. Forrest’s First West Tennessee Raid late in December 1862 began when his command arrived here on the night of December 15 to ferry approximately 2,100 soldiers across the Tennessee River. Forrest ordered the construction of two flatboats, each capable of carrying 25 men and their horses. The troops stayed out of sight, without fires, while sentries watched for Union gunboats. By December 17, the Confederates were over and riding westward.
A Confederate diarist described the movement across the river. “During the night we moved close to the river bank, which was a bluff… On our side, they were pushing the horses off the bluff, and about ten feet clear fall into the swift,
Erected 2012 by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 23.238′ N, 87° 59.711′ W. Marker is in Clifton, Tennessee, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of East Water Street and Main Street on East Water Street. Touch for map. Marker along the Tennessee River Bank at the edge of town. Marker is in this post office area: Clifton TN 38425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other The Stribling House Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clifton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cedar Grove Iron Furnace (approx. 12 miles away); Brownsport Furnace (approx. 15.3 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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