THE BATTLE OF TAZEWELL
KEY TO CUMBERLAND GAP

A CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE

APRIL 29 & 30, 2017

UPDATED 4/28/2016

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.

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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