The following Civil War historical markers are in Coffee County, TN. Here’s the TSLA Coffee, County “Fact Sheet“.

  1. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — 18th Indiana Battery
    Hoover’s Gap, TN, June 24, 1863. The 18th Indiana Battery, commanded by Capt. Eli Lilly, dislodged one Confederate artillery piece and forced the Confederate batteries to change position. The battery, along with Wilder’s Brigade, did considerable damage to the advancing Confederate infantry with double rounds of canister. This battle opened middle TN to the Union forces, resulting in the advance of the Union Army to Chattanooga and Georgia. The battery was formed in Indianapolis, IN.
  2. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry
    A regiment of many heroes including Tod Carter, Dewitt S. Jobe, William Shy, Thomas B. Smith. Their bravery will never die Dedicated November 1, 2008 Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  3. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — 2E 24 — Army of the CumberlandJune 24-26, 1863
    Reynolds’ Division of the XIV Corps forced Hoover’s Gap, driving a task force of Bate’s & Bushrod Johnson’s Brigades back to Fairfield, 5 mi. S.W., whence it had come. The XIV Corps reunited with other units of Rosecrans’ army at Manchester, thus getting in the Confederate rear and forcing Bragg’s withdrawal to Chattanooga.
  4. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — 2E 40 — Beech Grove Engagement
    On June 24, 1863, Union forces under Rosecrans overpowered Confederate defenders on Hoover’s Gap, commanded by Stewart, Bate, and Bushrod Johnson. This was the beginning of Bragg’s withdrawal to Chattanooga. Unknown soldiers who fell in the battle are buried in the cemetery to the southeast.
  5. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — Confederate Cemetery
    Originally the site of a pioneer cemetery, many early residents are buried here. In 1866, returned Confederate soldiers, under the leadership of Maj. William Hume and David Lawrence, collected and reinterred here the bodies of soldiers who fell at isolated places in the Beech Grove – Hoover’s Gap engagement. June 24-26, 1863.
  6. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — General A. P. Stewart’s DivisionMonument at Beech Grove, Tennessee
    (Front):General A.P. Stewart Stewart’s Division 2nd Army Corps (Hardee) Army of Tennessee CSA Dedicated 24th Day of April 2010 By Benjamin F. Cheatham Camp 72 Sons of Confederate Veterans Manchester, Tennessee (Reverse):Battle of Hoover’s Gap June 24 – 26, 1863 Stewart’s Division Bates’ Brigade 4th Ga. Inf. Bn SS. – 15th Tenn. Inf. Reg’t. 37th Ga. Inf. Reg’t. – 20th Tenn. Inf. Reg’t. 2nd 9th Ala. Inf. Btn. – Ala. Eufala Art’y. Btry. Brown’s Brigade 14th Ga. . . .
  7. Tennessee (Coffee County), Beech Grove — General Forrest’s Farewell Order MemorialUnknown Confederate Soldiers Memorial
    Forrest’s Farewell Order to his Cavalry Corps ExtractGainesville, Ala., May 9, 1865 Civil war, such as you have passed through, naturally engenders feelings of animosity, hatred, and revenge. It is our duty to divest ourselves of all such feelings, and, so far as it is in our power to do so, to cultivate friendly feelings toward those with whom we have so long contested and heretofore so widely but honestly differed. Neighborhood feuds, personal animosities and private differences should be . . .
  8. Tennessee (Coffee County), Tullahoma — 2E 12 — Army of Tennessee
    Withdrawing to this area after the Battle of Murfreesboro, Ben. Braxton Bragg established his command post near here. Other units went into defensive winter quarters at Bell Buckle, Shelbyville & Wartrace. Here they remained until late June, 1863, when maneuvers by Rosecrans, commanding the Army of the Cumberland forced withdrawal southward.
  9. Tennessee (Coffee County), Tullahoma — 2E 34 — Camp Forrest
    Originally established in 1926 for training the Tennessee National Guard, this became a Federal training area, Jan. 10, 1941. It was named for Lt. Gen. N.B. Forrest, CSA. Units training here included the 8th, 33rd, 79th & 80th Inf. Divs., 17th Airborne Div., 75th FA Brig., & 107th Ca. Regt. It was deactivated June 30, 1946.
  10. Tennessee (Coffee County), Tullahoma — 2E 44 — Confederate Cemetery
    1 mile SW are buried 407 unknown Confederates. Many of these died in one of the hospitals established here when Tullahoma was headquarters for the Army of Tennessee during the first six months of 1863, following the Battle of Murfreesboro and preceding the withdrawal of the Army of Chattanooga.
  11. Tennessee (Coffee County), Tullahoma — 2E 11 — Isham G. Harris
    Born near here, 1818. Was the only governor of Confederate State of Tennessee. In congress 1849-54; elected governor, 1857-59-61. When U. S. forces captured Nashville, joined staff of Army of Tennessee for remainder of War. Fled to Mexico, 1865; returned 1867. Was U. S. Senator from 1877 until his death in 1897.
  12. Tennessee (Coffee County), Tullahoma — 2E 56 — James W. Starnes
    South of here, at Bobo’s Crossroads, Col. Starnes, 4th Tennessee Cavalry, CSA, then commanding Forrest’s Old Brigade, was killed in a skirmish while his brigade was screening the withdrawal of the Army of Tennessee from Tullahoma to the Chattanooga area.

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