When following the Civil War Trail you will find a Marker for The Battle of Island Number 10. Located outside of Tiptonville at Kentucky Bend, close to the banks of the Mississippi river. We offer a map at the Reelfoot Lake Tourism Visitor's Center.
154 years ago West Tennessee suffered its darkest days. Thousands of young men in Blue and Gray clashed at Shiloh in what was the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil to that point. Meanwhile one of the most strategic and underrated battles of the war raged less than 100 miles to the north near Tiptonville, Tennessee at Island Number 10. After more than a month of bombardment more than 7,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered the fort on April 7th and 8th. Federal soldiers would occupy Island Ten for the duration of the war. Written by historian Jason Allison.
The Battle of Island Number Ten was an engagement at the New Madrid or Kentucky Bend on the Mississippi River during the American Civil War, lasting from February 28 to April 8, 1862. The position, an island at the base of a tight double turn in the course of the river, was held by the Confederate army from the early days of the war. It was an excellent site to impede Union efforts to invade the South by the river, as ships had to approach the island bows on and then slow to make the turns.