Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Battle of Dover/Confederate Mass Grave
Feb. 3, 1863
Confederate General John A. Wharton led an attack from the South and West against three companies of the Union 83rd Illinois Infantry and several cannons which were positioned near this cemetery, guarding the road to Fort Henry. After hours of fierce fighting trying to retake the town of Dover, the Confederates failed and had to leave their wounded and dead behind. It was reported that 17 men under Gen. Wharton's command were killed here and a total of 135 - 150 Confederates were killed during the Battle of Dover.
The following day, Union officer Colonel Lowe reported the dead Confederates and ordered them to be buried in shallow unmarked mass graves or in a trench in this cemetery and other areas around Dover. One Union soldier wrote in his diary of digging a trench for this purpose.
In memory of
fallen Confederate cavalrymen
Gen John A. Wharton's Brigade
Feb. 3, 1863
Battle of Dover
The location of this gravesite
was discovered by the
Fort Donelson Camp 249
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Neal and Ruth Mathis
Location. 36° 29.199′ N, 87° 50.592′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Street and Forrest Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Dover Cemetery next to the First Christian Church. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stewart County Iron Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freedmen's Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hallowed Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Cemetery Lodge (approx. ¼ mile away); History of the Stewart County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Surrender House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rice House (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Rice House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.