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.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

32nd & 45th Mississippi Consolidated Regiment

While in winter quarters at Tullahoma, Tennessee, probably in mid-January, there was a little reorganization of my great grandfather's brigade, S.A.M. Wood's. Due to troop losses at the Battle of Murfreesboro/Stone's River, and reassignments of some companies in the brigade, Great Grandfather's 32nd Mississippi Regiment was consolidated with the 45th Mississippi. Now known as the 32nd & 45th Mississippi (consolidated), commanded by Col. Mark Lowrey, the regiment remained in Wood's Brigade, Cleburne's Division, in Hardee's Corps. As a consolidated regiment, it will participate in the campaigns and battles of Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Ringgold Gap. The 32nd & 45th will fight together as a consolidated regiment until July 1864.

Source: The Third Battalion Mississippi Infantry and 45th Mississippi Regiment: A Civil War History, David Williamson

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