Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Battle of Blountville

Marker ID: THC 1A 124
Location: 3411 Highway 126, Blountville, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 31.982    W 082° 19.599
  36.53303333    -82.32665
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3YYR


Here on September 22, 1863, Confederate forces commanded by Colonel James E. Carter fought a Union brigade led by John W. Foster. After delaying the Union advance for more than four hours, Carter withdrew toward Zollicoffer, now known as Bluff City. During the battle, artillery shells set fire to the courthouse and much of the town burned. Skirmishing continued until news of the bloody battle at Chickamauga reached General Ambrose Burnside, and Union General Henry Wager Halleck ordered a retreat toward Knoxville.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.