Blaine's Crossroads Historical

Blaine's Crossroads Historical (HM1W5P)

Location: Blaine, TN 37709 Grainger County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 9.174', W 83° 42.021'

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Little to Gain; Much to Lose

After Confederate Gen. James Longstreet's defeat at Fort Sanders on November 29, 1863, he lifted the siege of Knoxville and headed northeast, hoping to intercept a Federal column marching toward Knoxville from Cumberland Gap. The Confederates paused at Rogersville to rest, gather provisions and forage, and leave their sick and wounded in the hands of local residents.

Passing through Blaine's Crossroads in pursuit of Longstreet, Union Gen. James M. Shackelford's advance guard continued through Rutledge to Bean's Station. There, Longstreet sent an infantry division with artillery to attack, while two cavalry divisions wer deployed to prevent the Federals' escape. This assault was successful, and the Union forces retreated in disorder. However, the Confederates failed to mount an effective pursuit because of the extreme fatigue of their men and horses and a critical lack of rations and clothing.

Following the Battle of Bean's Station, the Federals fell back to Blaine's Crossroads and entrenched together with Union Gen. Gordon Granger's reinforcements. The coming of winter and limited supplies made troop movements difficult, so Longstreet's army crossed the Holston River and went into winter quarters at Morristown and Russellville. The two sides skirmished and foraged until spring.
HM NumberHM1W5P
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennesse Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 257066 N 4004286
Decimal Degrees36.15290000, -83.70035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 9.174', W 83° 42.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 9' 10.44" N, 83° 42' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)865
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 240 Indian Ridge Rd, Blaine TN 37709, US
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