Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Battle Of Salem Cemetery

Marker ID: THC 4D 47
Location: on Cotton Grove Rd. north of N Pkwy E, Jackson, TN
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 35° 37.777    W 088° 45.929
  35.62961666    -88.76548333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1V9D


Here on December 19, 1862, Confederate forces under the command of General Nathan B. Forrest fought Union forces commanded by Colonel Adolph Engelmann. After a cavalry charge was repulsed, the Confederate artillery forced the retreat of the Federals, and Forrest withdrew toward Humboldt. About 1,000 men were engaged in the two-hour battle.