|THE BATTLE OF TAZEWELL
KEY TO CUMBERLAND GAP
A CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE
APRIL 29 & 30, 2017
Col. John F. DeCourcey, U.S.
Col. Thomas Hart Taylor, C.S.
The 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as part of Col. John F. DeCourcey's 26th Brigade, marched south from their stronghold at Cumberland Gap toward the small town of Tazewell, Tennessee, on August 2, 1862. The purpose of their expedition was to find and acquire forage and supplies for the Federal garrison holding Cumberland Gap. During several days of foraging and extended trips further south of Tazewell, some periodic skirmishes with Rebel cavalry were encountered but the troops were successful in filling their wagons with much needed food and hay for their animals. Col. DeCourcey knew a large Confederate force was camped south of the Clinch River, not too distant from Tazewell, however, did not anticipate any major engagement would take place. On the Wednesday morning of August 6, however, DeCourcey would be confronted by a vastly superior Rebel force commanded by Col. Thomas Hart Taylor.
FEATURES / AMENITIES
Firewood for camps
30+ Acres perfect for a reenacting: a spring, open ground, woods, etc.
Bounties for artillery (must contact Kevin Wolfe, below, prior to event to confirm attendance)
Convenient to the town of Tazewell
$3 Registration Fee. No Walk-on Increase. Pay on-site
All branches of service are welcome.
Contact Kevin Wolfe, president of the Claiborne County Historical and Genealogical Society and 1st lieutenant of the 63rd Tenn. Vol. Inf.
phone: (865) 585-0891 email: email@example.com
Off Old Kentucky Road in Tazewell (follow signs from Hwy 33)
307-661 Old Kentucky Rd Tazewell, TN (no 911 address for the event site, long 36.449853 lat -83.559825)
Accounts of the Battle of Tazwell
Special thanks to the Stanifers for allowing use of their property for the event
Event brought to you by the Claiborne County Historical and Genealogical Society
NEW YORK HERALD REPORT ON THE BATTLE