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.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wood's Brigade moves to Harrison

On today's date, a Sunday in 1863, Gen. Cleburne sent most of Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes's brigade (S.A.M. Wood's) from Tyner's Station to the now former village of Harrison, 11 miles northeast of Chattanooga. The brigade was assigned to guard the river crossings. Great Grandfather's 32nd Regiment, however, remained near divisional headquarters at Tyner's Station.

The next few weeks will be relatively quiet, with some of the time taken up with drill.

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