In honor of Pvt. Nathan R. Oakes, CSA

150 years ago, my great grandfather, Nathan Richardson Oakes, served as a private in Company D of the distinguished 32nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment in the Army of Tennessee. He participated in the great Civil War campaigns, including the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, and Bentonville. I am writing about his engagements as well as some details about fighting for the Lost Cause. I hope to honor him and commemorate the events and individuals that contributed to making this a renowned unit in the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gen. Halleck's slow march toward Corinth

Since April 29, 1862, after massing over 100,000 troops for his Corinth campaign, Union Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck had moved his army from the Tennessee border toward his objective only 10 miles in four days. Over the next 22 days, Halleck, a leader of extreme caution, will average only 1/3 of a mile per day. During this period, Confederate units from my great grandfather’s corps made sorties towards the Federal advance forces at Farmington, outside of Corinth, as they probed the enemy's strength, preparing for the battle to come.

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