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Battle of Crump's Landing

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On the below Regimental Record for the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry is an entry dated 4 April 1862 titled, “Crumps Landing, Tenn.” Where did this engagement take place? What Confederate force was opposed?

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[From "Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion" published 1888.]

Note: The NPS Soldier and Sailors database also lists this action of the 72nd Ohio (under “Service”) https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-battle-units-detail.htm?battleUnitCode=UOH0072RI

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Part of the relevance of the above list of battles: each engagement would be memorialized on the Regiment flag. But, there was a problem with the Regimental flag of the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, best explained in the below link:

https://dan-masters-civil-war.blogspot.com/2017/06/this-afternoon-i-had-opportunity-to.html  Dan Master's 72nd OVI site.

And for information on the National Colors of the 72nd OVI:  http://www.users.miamioh.edu/vascikgs/georgevascik/72ndOVI.html

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well now i am, comfused..i rad where 72nd was down skirmish fighting around owl creek bridge..not at crump landing..guess ive not heard the rest of the story.

 

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[Just to provide clarity, the above Regimental Record of the 5th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry is attached (the 5th OVC was the only other Federal regiment credited with involvement in the “Crump's Landing” engagement of April 4th).]

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ok i have gone to the Park..t. Arnold and T Smith helped me..both the 5th oh cav and 72nd oh inf were involved in a skirmish on the 4th with rebel cav...location?? maybe they used crump landing as they only knew of that location where they were based out of at that time? buckland does mention action with the rebels in his or report on the 4th..

 

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Mona, you are correct!

Thanks for persisting with this Quiz Question, one that has been a puzzle for many years (after uncovering the posted Battle Honors for 5th Ohio Cavalry and the 72nd Ohio Infantry and struggling to determine where the reputed engagement took place, and with whom.)

Surprisingly, the engagement in question links to the Picket Skirmish of 4 April 1862 (which for the longest time was assumed to have taken place further south “on the road to Corinth.”) But while investigating the physical location of the Picket Skirmish versus Clanton's Alabama Cavalry it was realized that there were multiple roads to Corinth (all referred to as Corinth Road by William T. Sherman, the acting camp commander.) There was the Main Corinth road and the East Corinth Road, with which we are all familiar. There was a Corinth Road leading from Hamburg (which is a major reason why General Grant was intending to locate Buell's campground for the Army of the Ohio in vicinity of Hamburg.) And the fourth Corinth Road was the one that ran south from Adamsville, passed adjacent to Mickey's, through to Monterey and south. And this fourth Corinth Road was bolstered by a spur that ran northeast towards Stoney Lonesome, an improvement completed by late March 1862 which became known as the Shunpike. Until 3 April 1862, with the River Road impassable due to the flooded Snake Creek (making Wallace Bridge unusable) the Corinth Road running north past Mickey's with deviation right onto the Shunpike, became the quickest route to Crump's Landing from Corinth, for anyone so inclined...

As a result of the Picket Skirmish of April 4th, fought in vicinity of General Meek's Place, there must have been discussion, “What do we call this engagement?” The Battle of General Meek's Place? The Battle of the Corinth Road? The Battle of the Shunpike?

General Grant, as result of the April 4th Picket Skirmish, came to believe Crump's Landing was the proposed target of a Confederate raid (and is one of the reasons no significant orders were issued to Lew Wallace early morning April 6th.) Therefore, since the April 4th engagement COULD be interpreted as disrupting a Rebel movement north towards Stoney Lonesome, it is my interpretation that this is the reason the Picket Skirmish of April 4th was given the more impressive name of 'The Battle of Crump's Landing, Tennessee.'

Cheers

Ozzy

 

References:

SDG topic “General Meek's Place” [especially Atwell Thompson map].

SDG topic “Friday 4 April 1862 and the Picket Skirmish”

 

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