Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Kirby Smith Invades Kentucky

Marker ID: THC 1D 15
Location: U.S. 25W, Anderson County, south of Clinton, TN
County: Anderson
Waymark: None


The Army of East Tennessee passed enroute to Kentucky. Maj. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, leaving Knoxville Aug. 14, 1862, had sent Stevenson's Division to contain Morgan's Federal garrison in Cumberland Gap and left McCown's Division to garrison Knoxville. Col. John S. Scott's Cavalry Brigade screened the advance, Cleburne's Division led, followed by Churchill's while Heth closed the rear.