Britton Lane Battlefield

 


 

Battlefield Statistics

Type

B.L.B.A.  battlefield

Markers

7

Monuments

2

Cannon

0

 


The Battle-

(September 1st, 1862)

 

        The Battle of Britton Lane has been described by the keepers of the present battlefield as "the Battle Which History Forgot."  While this may be true, the battle was one of the larger battles fought in western Tennessee during the war.  In August of 1862, C.S. General Sterling Price, commander of all cavalry in the west, ordered C.S. Colonel Frank Armstrong to take his 3,300 Calvary Brigade and raid north into Tennessee along Northern-controlled rail lines, causing as much disturbance and commotion as possible.  Federal officers, fearing an attack on Federally controlled Jackson, Tennessee, sent U.S. Colonel Elias Dennis and cavalry and infantry regiments totaling around 1,500 men to meet Armstrong.  The two armies met at Britton Lane, with neither side expecting a heavy battle.  The battle waged back and forth for four hours, until the Confederate troops gained the upper hand and managed to capture several hundred prisoners and two field pieces.  The Southern soldiers left the field, their mission accomplished.

 

 

The Battlefield-

 

Britton Lane Battlefield is located just west of Jackson, Tennessee, off of I-40.  The battlefield is located on Highway 223, in Denmark, Tennessee, 9 miles south of Jackson.

        Britton Lane Battlefield is owned and administered by the Britton Lane Battlefield Association.  This battlefield ranks high on my list of favorite battlefields for several reasons.  The battlefield is very secluded: it takes nearly 15 minutes to drive to the battlefield once you exit I-40.  And although the battle of Britton Lane has been called the forgotten battle, the battlefield itself has more items of interest than many other larger battlefields.  A restored period cabin on the site contains several interesting items, and can be entered and explored. 
        Two battlefield monuments have been erected: one monument was erected during the 25th Anniversary of the battle, on September 1st, 1897, by a John Ingram Bivouas to the "Unknown Confederate Soldiers Who Fell in This Field."  Another more recent monument was erected in 1992 to honor the valor of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry who fought in the battle.  State and informatory markers line a walkway that wanders around the battlefield.  Very few small battlefields can match the atmosphere of this site.

(Note on Pictures: See that small, floating white orb, in the 2nd and 3rd pictures? I took several pictures at this location, and only the pictures taken over the Bivouas Monument, erected over the graves of hundreds of Confederate soldiers, had this thing.  My camera was working fine, and the sun was barely out that day (It was in the middle of December, a day after it had snowed.) so there was no chance of glare.  I'm not saying it is a ghost, but everything does add up (battlefield where hundreds of people died violently, secluded location, mass grave..ect.) Lets just say, I haven't been back since.  I would like to hear from anyone else who has had weird experiences here.)

Picture Gallery-

 

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