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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member krsmith2
N 35° 39.612 W 088° 51.368
16S E 331986 N 3947847
Quick Description: Jackson, Railroad Gateway to Deep South.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 12/28/2013 9:00:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMJTAJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Railroad Gateway to Deep South
Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid

(In Yellow)

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 Cross Roads, and crossed the river again at Clifton. Grant changed his supply base to Memphis.

(Main Body)

During the war, Jackson was the transportation crossroads of West Tennessee. After the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, 50 miles southeast, Union commanders took control of Jackson's railroad junction to use the tracks as supply lines for their Mississippi campaigns.

The Confederates contested control of Jackson's railroads. In September 1862, the Battle of Britton Lane took place south of here at the town of Denmark.

In November 1862, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered Gen. Nathan B. Forrest to launch a major cavalry raid against the Union garrisons here and in other occupied railroad towns. Union Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan fortified Jackson, ordering that "the negroes in town will ... be pressed into the service, and be employed in carrying stores within the inner line." On December 19, the two sides clashed on Jackson's outskirts at Salem Cemetery. The next day, the Confederates moved north to take the Federal garrisons at Humboldt and Trenton. After raiding into Kentucky, Forrest headed back to Middle Tennessee. Union forces almost stopped him on December 31 at Parker's Crossroads, 26 miles east of here.

After Confederate forces reoccupied Jackson, a Union expedition from LaGrange drove them out after a stiff fight on July 13, 1863, as several Federal regiments, including Col. Fielding Hurst's 1st Tennessee Cavalry, fought on the streets of downtown Jackson. Part of the town burned, extensive looting occurred, and Federal commanders blamed and fined Hurst. He returned a few months later and forced city leaders to repay the fine.

(In Blue)

"General Forrest ... completely fooled General J.C. Sullivan. ... While we were on this wildgoose chase towards Lexington, Forrest simply whirled around our flanks at Jackson, and swept north on the railroad." - Lt. Leander Stillwell, 61st Illinois Infantry

(Map Bottom Left)

Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid, Dec. 15, 1862 - Jan. 3, 1863

(Pictures Bottom Right)

Gen. Nathan B. Forrest Courtesy Library of Congress. Railroad scene in Jackson, Harper's Weekly, Oct.21, 1862.

Tennessee Civil War Trails
Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

30 Casey Jones Lane
Jackson, Tennessee U.S.A.

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Going south on U.S. 45 bypass, from I-40, take 1st. street on right, Carriage House Drive, then turn right, taking next street to left, Casey Jones Lane, turn into 2nd. drive into Casey Jones Village, marker is on right at the Old Country Store. Marker is at or near this postal address: Casey Jones Village, Jackson TN 38305.

Phone Number: Not listed

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