Battery Clifton Lee

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Battery Clifton Lee (1863-1865) - A U.S. Civil War Battery first established in 1863 in present day Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. Named Battery Clifton Lee in G.O. 37, 11 Dec 1863 (Army of the Ohio), after Captain Clifton Lee, 112th Illinois Mounted Infantry, who was killed in action in front of Fort Sanders 18 Nov 1863. Battery abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

History of Battery Clifton Lee

Battery Clifton Lee was one of 20 named Union fortifications surrounding Knoxville, Tennessee (8 Forts and 12 Batteries) during the U.S. Civil War. This ring of defenses was established late in 1863 to counter a Confederate threat to the city. Confederate forces attempted to capture the city in November-December 1863 and laid siege to the city. Large losses were sustained by Confederate forces attempting to take Fort Sanders and the Confederates withdrew, lifting the siege.

The Battery was hastily established in 1863 to counter the Confederate threat to the city. Located east of Fort Huntington Smith. Designed for twelve gun platforms.

Battery abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

Unknown status.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 1680409


Location: Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

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Lat: 35.96889 Long: -83.90889

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