Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)-specific cytokine responses in the peripheral blood and at the site of infection may differ significantly within the same individual, but the under-lying T-cell subset changes are largely unknown. Here, we measured effector and memory T-cell markers on CD4⁺ T cells (CD45RO, cysteine chemokine receptor (CCR)7, and CD27) in peripheral blood and at the site of active tuberculosis (TB). Additionally, T cells were stimulated overnight with purified protein derivative (PPD) and early secretory antigenic target (ESAT)-6 to determine which T-cell subset produces MTB-specific interferon (IFN)-γ. A striking decrease in CCR7 and CD27 expression on T cells was noted at the site of active TB. Likewise, IFN-γ expressing, ESAT-6 specific CD4⁺CD45RO⁺CD27⁻ T cells were dramatically increased at the site of infection but were not detectable in peripheral blood. An antigen-specific expansion of differentiated T cells at the site of active TB infection was poorly reflected in peripheral blood. Insight in these changes in MTB-specific effector T cells in different compartments of the body could lead to new approaches for immune-based diagnosis and interventions.