A RETURN TO TAZEWELL FOR MORE SUPPLIES
On this day the 16th Ohio was again ordered on a foraging mission to Tazewell, Tennessee, a 15 mile march. The regiment was brigaded with the 42nd Ohio and the 22nd kentucky, and commanded by the 16th's colonel, John F. DeCourcy. It brought along six pieces of artillery and 200 wagons. The brigade left Cumberland Gap at 5:00am, arriving near Tazewell about 4:00pm. The Union troops fired at the Rebel pickets causing them to withdraw. DeCourcy camped the brigade on the brow of a hill overlooking Tazewell. Four of the artillery pieces were set in front of the camp while the 16th Ohio was stationed as pickets (a line of troops in front of the main force and acting as a forward guard) with the other two pieces of artillery, on the same ground previously occupied by the Rebel pickets. The brigade camped for the night.
Period map showing the approximate route of the 16th Ohio with Decourcey's brigade on August 2, 1862, on their foraging mission to the Tazewell, Tennessee, area
Image ©2000 by Cartography Associates via David Rumsey Map Collection