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Major General John C. Breckinridge PDF Print E-mail

In November 1864, Major General John C. Breckinridge undertook an expedition into East Tennessee, anticipating that Confederate sympathizers would join his force and help drive the Yankees from the area. The Federals initially retired in front of this force and, on November 10, were at Bull’s Gap on the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad. The Confederates attacked them on the morning of the 11th but were repulsed by 11:00 am. Artillery fire continued throughout the day.

The next morning, both sides attacked;  the Confederates sought to hit the Union forces in a variety of locations but they gained little. The next day firing occurred throughout most of the day, but the Confederates did not assault the Union lines because they were marching to flank them on the right.

Before making the flank attack, the Union forces, short on everything from ammunition to rations, withdrew from Bull’s Gap after midnight on the 4th. Breckinridge pursued, but the Federals received reinforcements and foul weather played havoc with the roads and streams. Breckinridge, with most of his force, retired back to Virginia. This victory was a temporary Union setback in the Federal plans to rid East Tennessee of Confederate influence.

 

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The regular meeting of Bulls Gap's Board of Mayor and Aldermen is held the third Monday of every month at 5:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap.  The public is invited to attend.

The regular meeting of the Bulls Gap Regional Planning Commission is held the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm at Bulls Gap Town Hall, 139 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap. The public is invited to attend.

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Bulls Gap Events

December 2nd – Christmas Parade
 
Archie Campbell Days – Every Labor Day Weekend - - The citizens of Bulls Gap celebrate their most famous son, the comedian from CBS's variety-comedy show Hee-Haw, with this street festival in downtown Olde Bulls Gap on Labor Day Weekend. Vendors, live music, and much more. Off of Highway 11E on South Main Street. All day, Saturday thru Monday, free event.

Bulls Gap Utilities

  • Holston Electric: (423) 272-8821
  • Hawkins Co. Gas Utility: (423) 272-8841
  • Water - Russellville/Whitesburg Utility District
  • 5935 East Andrew Johnson Highway
    Russellville, TN 37860 (423) 586-2232

Bulls Gap Restaurants

Yoder’s Country Market - This Amish store has breads, meats, jams, sandwichs, salads or try the “meat and three.
273 Highway 11E
423-235-9400

Morelia Mexican Grill
401 Highway 11 E
(423) 235-6844

Dairy Dream
273 Highway 11 E
423-235-6975

Sandy’s Diner
401 Highway 11 E
423-235-7009

Bulls Gap Drug Grille
412 Highway 11 W
423-235-4600

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