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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bragg's disappointment at Bardstown

Arriving in Bardstown, Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg sent a disappointing report to Richmond on today's date:
With only three days of provisions, we marched to this place (59 miles) and reached here after some privation and suffering. It is a source of deep regret that this move was necessary as it has enabled Buell to reach Louisville, where a very large force is now concentrated.
On the 26th, Union troops paraded along the streets of Louisville. Buell sent a dispatch to his superior:
My troops are concentrated at this place. They have made long and rapid marches and require clothing, which is being issued today. I shall immediately advance against the enemy.
By now, Bragg has lost any advantage he may have had in taking Louisville, his earlier objective.

Source: Official Records, Vol. 16, Pt. 2

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