OUTWITTING FORREST: The Tupelo Campaign in Mississippi, June 22 - July 23, 1864
Reprint of historian Edwin C. Bearss' classic study on the little-known Tupelo Campaign in Mississippi from June 22-July 23, 1864. Editor David A. Powell left Bearss's prose and notes intact, while adding additional sources and commentary of his own.
The engagement came about when Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith marched a Federal expeditionary force (his XVI Army Corps) into northern Mississippi in early July 1864. The thrust forced a response, the largest of which was delivered by the combined Confederate cavalry of Stephen D. Lee (who was in general command) and Forrest.
The tactical result was a Union defensive success. The larger Confederate strategic play, however-one that might have impacted the course of the war in the Western Theater-would have been to unleash Forrest on a raid into Middle Tennessee to destroy the single line of railroad track feeding and supplying the Union armies of William T. Sherman in his ongoing operations around Atlanta. Instead, his troopers were contained within the Magnolia State, where his combat effectiveness was severely curtailed.
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