Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Johnsonville

Marker ID: THC 3E 24
Location: at the intersection of Thompson Street and Mill Street (W. Court Square Street), Waverly, TN
County: Humphreys
Coordinates: N 36° 4.955    W 087° 47.694
  36.08258333    -87.7949
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMAA4D


On November 4, 1864, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry attacked and destroyed the river port of Johnsonville located ten miles west of here on the Tennessee River. Union losses included four gunboats, fourteen steamboats, seventeen barges, and roughly 95,000 tons of quartermaster stores. One hundred and fifty prisoners were captured. This Confederate victory is one of the few known instances of a cavalry defeating a naval force. In 1945 TVA's Kentucky Reservoir flooded Johnsonville.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.