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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Buell arrives first at Louisville

Union Gen. Buell's army reached Louisville in time to prevent Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg from taking the city. He received an additional 30,000 reinforcements, bringing his total to over 60,000 to confront Bragg's army of 45,000. Needless to say, losing the initiative, and without obtaining assistance from fellow general Edmund Kirby Smith, Bragg did not attempt to take Louisville. Instead, the 2 armies will clash in a little more than a week at Perryville.

Although Louisville was was a strategic Union stronghold and supply route, the city escaped being attacked by the Confederate armies even once throughout the war.

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