Tennessee Civil War Trails
Tennessee Civil War Trails program is an integral part of a multi-state program that identifies, interprets, and creates tours of both the great campaigns and lesser-known Civil War sites. Tennessee has joined Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and West Virginia in this important initiative, which has been identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most successful and sustainable heritage tourism programs in the nation.
So far, over 200 Tennessee Civil War Trail signs have been assigned in Tennessee. The first Civil War Trail Sign assigned to Carroll County was recently installed at Clarksburg. It focuses on Forrest’s first expedition into West Tennessee in late 1862.
The Parkers Cross Roads Battlefield Association website has compiled quite a history of the Civil War in West TN and surrounding areas.
THE CIVIL WAR IN CARROLL COUNTY
As you travel the roads of Carroll County you'll see many Historic Markers about General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his troop movements through the county in the Winter of 1862. The following list of markers are the latest additions to the growing Civil War Trails project for Carroll County.
Clarksburg: located at 12445 Hwy 424, Yuma, TN 38390.
By December 29, 1862, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s West Tennessee railroad raid was ending after his cavalry disrupted Federal supply and communication lines there. The weary cavalrymen were riding toward the Tennessee River and safety behind Confederate lines in Middle Tennessee. By late that afternoon, Forrest’s brigade was bivouacked near Flake’s Store four miles southwest of here.
Harris-Collier-Holland Farm: located at 586 Carroll Street North, McKenzie, TN 38201.
Albert Gallatin Harris purchased this farm in1829 and built the present house in 1857. After camping on the land during the Civil War, Union troops ransacked the farm, killing or stealing all the livestock. They did not burn the house because the Harris family had cared for a sick Union officer and nursed him back to health. When Union soldiers stole Harris’s nine-year old daughter Ada’s pony, she angrily shouted after them, " I hope he throws you, and breaks your damn neck!"
McKenzie Station: located at 2470 Cedar Ave., McKenzie, TN 38201.
McKenzie’s location put it squarely in the path of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s first West Tennessee raid in December 1862. After capturing Union City, Forrest turned east on Christmas Day, burning trestles and destroying track between there and McKenzie. Forrest’s troopers reached McKenzie two days later with captured wagons full of coffee, flour, and military supplies. Here he learned that Federal forces had destroyed the bridges across the Obion River and were approaching from several directions.
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