Bullet - marked tombstones in this cemetery shows evidence of a brisk skirmish here Oct. 26, 1863, when Gen. P.J. Osterhaus's first division of Sherman's Corps came under fire from Gen. S.D. Lee's Confederate troops. CSA artillery on a hill near a frame church (Zion No. 1) opened fire at dawn and Union artillery replied from the cemetery. CSA forces retreated to Little Bear Creek. USA forces briefly occupied Tuscumbia, then retreated to Cherokee and abandoned attempt to advance along the railroad.
Civil War Skirmishes at Barton
In 1862~63, Confederate forces fought several sharp skirmishes near Barton as they sought to repel or delay Union expeditions invading the Tennessee Valley from the Federal stronghold at Corinth, Mississippi.
Dec. 12, 1862~~~ Col. T.W. Sweeny, USA vs Col. P.D. Roddey, CSA
Apr. 17, 1863 ~~~Gen. G.M. Dodge, USA vs Col. P.D. Roddey, CS
Oct. 20, 1863~~~ Gen. P.J. Osterhaus, USA vs Col. Jeff Forrest, CSA
Oct. 26, 1863 ~~~Gen. P.J. Osterhaus, USA vs Gen. S.D. Lee, CSA