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, June 6, 2012

March to Tupelo, 1862

P.G.T. Beauregard's Confederate army, including my great grandfather Nathan Oakes's regiment, having successfully withdrawn from its threatened position in Corinth to Baldwyn, Mississippi on May 30, is moving again on this date in 1862, to its new base in Tupelo, 19 miles farther south. It will remain in Tupelo until late in July. From there it will be transported to Chattanooga for the summer campaign into Kentucky.

The 6th Tennessee Cavalry, Great-Great Grandfather David C. Neal's unit, having been cut off in the withdrawal from Corinth, joins up with the army in Tupelo.

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