The 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as part of Col. John F.
DeCourcey's 26th Brigade, marched south from their stronghold at
Cumberland Gap toward the small town of Tazewell, Tennessee, on
August 2, 1862.
The purpose of their expedition was to find and acquire forage and
supplies for the Federal garrison holding Cumberland Gap. During
several days of foraging and extended trips further south of
Tazewell, some periodic skirmishes with Rebel cavalry were
encountered but the troops were successful in filling their wagons
with much needed food and hay for their animals.
Col. DeCourcey knew a large Confederate force was camped south of
the Clinch River, not too distant from Tazewell, however, did not
anticipate any major engagement would take place. On the Wednesday
morning of August 6, however, DeCourcey would be confronted by a
vastly superior Rebel force commanded by Col. Thomas Hart Taylor.
a part of this first annual event!
and straw for camps
Old Kentucky Road in Tazewell (follow signs from Hwy 33)
Old Kentucky Rd Tazewell, TN (no 911 address for the event site)
Acres perfect for a reenacting: a spring, open ground, woods,
to the town of Tazewell
Registration Fee. No Walk-on Increase. Pay on-site
branches of service are welcome. More on bounties, etc., to
bounty to the first 4 registered artillery pieces
Kevin Wolfe, president of the Claiborne County Historical and
Genealogical Society and 1st
lieutenant of the 63rd Tenn. Vol. Inf.
Plans are underway for the second phase of the
restoration of the OLD Jail!
The re-pointing on the bricks and mortar on the chimney,
south side and the front of the building has been done.
The north and back side of the building is the next to
be done in 2014.
This work is being funded in part with funds from the
Historical Preservation Fund under an agreement with the
National Park Service and the Tennessee Historical
We are grateful for the grant but our fundraising
efforts have just begun. To continue to receive grants
we need to raise matching funds for continuing
restoration. Please send donations to: PO Box 32,
Tazewell, TN 37879 or call our office: 423-526-5737 for
Debra Fultz, Administrative Assistant
Claiborne County Historical & Genealogy Society
Kevin Wolfe. President
Sheri Wolfe, Vice President
Carolyn Lambert, Treasurer
Debra Fultz, Administrative Assistant
Bill Lambert, Volunteer-Research
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The photo above
and to the right are the latest improvements
to the Old Jail (November 2013)
now available in house"
We are proud to
announce that the society now has a research volunteer in the
office Monday thru Wednesday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday
from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Our volunteer is working on gathering
information on all families with ties to Claiborne and
surrounding counties. You can email for research help:
Veterans display area is done. We still have room
for more pictures of Veterans from Claiborne County from every war and every branch of the military.
If you have any pictures you are willing to send us
copies of (they will not be returned so please
send picture quality copies) please include their
name and a brief description Including, The War they
served in, Dates, Ranks, Branch of Military, etc.
We would like to honor these
service men and women in our building and your help
would be greatly appreciated.
Please send all submissions to P.O. Box 32 Tazewell, TN 37879.
We are looking for
pictures and/or information on the two theatres that use to be in Claiborne
County. These were the Cumberland Theatre and the Star Theatre. If anyone
has pics or info please contact us.
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