Narrowly Avoided Defeat
— Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid —Late in 1862, the Union army under Ulysses S. Grant threatened Vicksburg, Mississippi. Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg ordered Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to sever Grant's West Tennessee supply line which extended from Columbus, Kentucky, via the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, Forrest led his cavalry brigade on a raid to destroy track and bridges in West Tennessee, Dec. 15, 1862 - Jan. 3, 1863. He and his men 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. On Christmas Day, Forrest led his brigade back into Tennessee. To stop him, Union Gen. Jeremiah C. Sullivan sent brigades under Cols. Cyrus C. Dunham and John W. Fuller in pursuit. Here at Parker's Crossroads on Dec. 31, Forrest narrowly avoided defeat. He and his men crossed the river again at Clifton on Jan. 1. This successful raid led Grant to move his supply base to Memphis.
|Series||This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Tennessee Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:24pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 374091 N 3961176|
|Decimal Degrees||35.78661667, -88.39321667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 47.197', W 88° 23.593'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 47' 11.82" N, 88° 23' 35.58" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 20945 Hwy 22 N, Wildersville TN 38388, US|
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