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Grant had gone east to take overall command of the Union Army, but he left his trusted subordinate, Maj.
Sherman, to manage affairs west of the Allegheny Mountains. Sherman had his eyes set primarily on the Southern heartland, Atlanta in particular, but had a thorn in his side more troubling than General Joseph E.
Nathan Bedford Forrest, a tactical genius whose unrelenting combativeness and intuitive understanding of men under fire made him more feared than the numbers Slaves in plantersville ms. Swinging. commanded. It was his task to raise havoc along the supply lines and railroads so critical to Federal armies operating in the Slave Theater. Andrew Jackson Smith and Brig. Forrest, therefore, faced two experienced Union generals and 14, veteran soldiers with whatever units he could cobble together.
When the Federals reached Pontotoc, Miss. Forrest would soon find out he was mistaken.
The enemy objective was nearby Tupelo. Smith, above, and Brig.Mature Horny Paris Women
Joseph Mower, right, were handed the job of keeping Forrest away from Union supply lines. At Tupelo, Rebel Lt.
On July 12, Brig. That assured Smith he could steal a march on his indomitable foe. Feigning an advance toward Okolona on July 13, Smith put his columns in motion toward Tupelo, 18 miles east.
At daybreak July 13, Forrest advanced to scout the Union position and found Pontotoc deserted. That gave Smith a critical tactical advantage, as Forrest had been forced into the unfamiliar role of reacting to, rather than influencing, Union moves.
Confederate district commander Lt. Lee, with 2, reinforcements, arrived from Jackson, Miss.
Smith and Mower brimmed with confidence. When the Union column arrived at the hamlet of Harrisburg, two miles to the west of town, Smith deployed his men in a strong semicircular defensive line on a high ridge.
That night, they strengthened their lines with fence posts, wood from local houses, and cotton bales. If the Confederates attacked from the woodland beyond it, they would be exposed to artillery and rifle fire for —1, yards before they could even reach Ij lines.
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Forrest and Lee consolidated their forces about a mile from the Union lines. Whether the two were in agreement about giving battle on July 14 remains a topic of controversy.
plangersville Forrest were in perfect accord as to delivering battle. Three brigades would assault the Union right and. Lee, a trained artillery officer, may have made a tactical blunder, however, by dispersing one artillery battery to each brigade. Forrest and Lee synchronized their watches and agreed on a specific time to move their respective Slaves in plantersville ms.
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Although they were veteran soldiers, most Slaves in plantersville ms. Swinging. cavalrymen or mounted infantry. Now they were being asked to attack a strongly fortified position, on foot and under fire across hundreds of yards of open ground. July 14 dawned hot and humid, with no trace of wind. Lee had hoped to lure the Federals away from their strong defenses, but when that failed, he ordered battle about 7 a.
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Decimated though they were, the Bluegrass boys refused to leave the field. Three times the brigade advanced only to be driven back each time, at a cost of 45 percent casualties.
He assured Bell that Slaves in plantersville ms. Swinging. reserves would relieve him at the proper time. They managed to get within 75 yards of the 12th Iowa Infantry, but a withering volley from the Iowans stopped the Confederates cold. Union Victory Writing inLee said he confronted Forrest about why the attack had not been carried out.Rolling Derby Big Tit Sex
In the exercise of my discretion I did not move Roddey forward, but I have moved him to the left and formed a new line. Lee never filed an official report after Plantersviloe, the only action for which he failed to do so.
Slaves in plantersville ms. Swinging. One historian does claim, however, that an angry Forrest fumed at Lee: Duckworth to make what proved to be an inconsequential attack later that evening. Lee and Forrest expected Smith to attack on July 15, but discovered about noon that the Federals had decamped and were moving north up the Ellistown Road.
It struck the Rebel commanders as incredible that Smith would abandon the field and retreat. Smith and Mower declared the expedition a success, Slaves in plantersville ms. Swinging. Forrest had been allowed to continue threatening Union supply lines throughout Middle Tennessee.
Within two weeks, an angry Sherman ordered Smith back into Mississippi to continue pursuing the ever-elusive Forrest.
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