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, August 24, 2013

Gen. Cleburne visits Lowrey's Regiment

In an effort to clear up some apparent confusion about why one of his regiments, Col. Lowrey’s 32nd in which Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes is serving, had been ordered to send one of its companies north of the Hiwassee River to guard the steamer Holston, Cleburne decided to visit the regiment in person. He sent a dispatch to his commander, Lieut. Gen. D.H. Hill, indicating that he will leave that morning to visit Lowrey's position at Blythe’s Ferry. In his absence, Cleburne leaves S.A.M. Wood, Great Grandfather's brigade commander, in charge of division headquarters.

Source: Official Records, Vol. 30, Part 4

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