Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Mossy Creek ~ December 29, 1863

Marker ID: THC 1C 83
Location: on East Old Andrew Johnson Highway 0.1 miles south of Municipal Drive, Jefferson City, TN
County: Jefferson
Coordinates: N 36° 7.885    W 083° 28.889
  36.13141666    -83.48148333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM63NJ


Federal cavalry under Gen. S.D. Sturgis established a line just east of Mossy Creek. At 9:00 a.m., Confederate Gen. W.T. Martin assembled 2000 dismounted cavalry and eight cannons at Talbott's Railroad Station, three miles east. They advanced along the railroad driving the Federal outposts. After seven hours of severe fighting, Sturgis' Cavalry, with seven cannons and reinforcements by an infantry brigade from the 23rd Corps, repulsed the Confederates. By 4:00 p.m. the fight ended near where it began. It is estimated that the U.S. loss was 109 while the Confederate loss was 400.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.