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.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Co. D of Lowrey's Regiment marches to Harrison

My Great Grandfather, Pvt. Nathan Oakes, served in Company D of the 32nd Mississippi Regiment. Following is Capt. F.S. Norman's meager report for today's date, 1863, concerning his company's march in response to the Yankees' movement across the river:
Left Blythes Ferry, Sept. 2, 1863 and marched to Harrison, a distance of 20 miles, then to Chattanooga...
The regiment arrived at Harrison the next day and remained in camp for several days more near a brick female college.

On this same date, another ancestor, Great-great Grandfather David Crockett Neal, with the 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment in Wharton's Division, is guarding passes through Lookout Mountain, watching for the enemy's approach.

Sources: Muster Roll of the 32ndMississippi Infantry, complied by Tommy Lockhart; Pat Cleburne: Confederate General, Howell & Elizabeth Purdue; Autumn of Glory, Thomas Lawrence Connelly; The 6th Tennessee Cavalry (unpublished manuscript), John F. Walter; Huntsville Historical Review, Vol 26, No. 2. 1999: Transcription of Capt. Daniel Coleman Diary, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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