Tennessee River Memorial Park - Clifton, Tennessee
Tennessee River Memorial Park Clifton, Tennessee

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The city of Clifton has a park at the intersection of Main Street and Water Street on a bluff above the Tennessee River. The park was created as a memorial to veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. A scenic overlook bound by a beautiful stone wall offers a great view of the river. Picnic tables and a gazebo are available for visitors.

Below this location was where the Clifton Ferry ferried people and automobiles across the river for many years up until 1998.

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest crossed the Tennessee River at this site:
Confederate Gen. Nathan B. Forrest's First West Tennessee Raid late in December 1862 began when his command arrived here on the night of December 15 to ferry approximately 2,100 soldiers across the Tennessee River. Forrest ordered the construction of two flatboats, each capable of carrying 25 men and their horses. The troopers stayed out of sight, without fires, while sentries watched for Union gunboats. By December 17, the Confederates were over and riding westward.

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intersection of Water and Main Streets
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