Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Return from Kentucky

Marker ID: THC 1D 18
Location: U.S. 25E, Claiborne County, near town of Cumberland Gap
County: Claiborne
Waymark: None


The Army of Tennessee, composed of Bragg's and Kirby Smith's armies, passed here after Bragg's abortive invasion of Kentucky. Scott's Cavalry Brigade was followed by herds of captured livestock, then by a caravan of Confederate refugees and over 4000 captured Federal wagons. The corps of Polk, Hardee, and Kirby Smith, in that order, were followed by Wheeler's Cavalry Brigade, which had fought 26 rear guard engagements in the five days before Federal pursuit stopped at London, Ky.