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.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Occupied Homefront: Kossuth, 1862

While Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes was away with the Confederate Army in Chattanooga, his hometown of Kossuth, Mississippi was occupied by Federal forces. It wasn't a peaceful time for families back home. On this date 150 years ago, 2 companies of the Union 7th Kansas Regiment under Capt. Malone, while scouting the countryside around Kossuth to the Hatchie River, were ambushed by Rebels about 5 miles from Kossuth. Four of his men were killed and 8 wounded, while his force killed 2 and wounded several of the Rebel attackers. The Union dead were buried in Kossuth.

Source: Official Records, Vol. 17, Part 1, pp. 42-43

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