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, August 21, 2014

Great Grandfather Oakes turns 19

On today's date, a Sunday in 1864, my great grandfather, Nathan R. Oakes, a private in the Confederate Army of Tennessee, turned 19 years of age. Having enlisted in March 1862, Pvt. Oakes served in the 32nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, in Mark P. Lowrey's Brigade, in Patrick R. Cleburne's Division. To date he has seen action at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, and through all but the final days of the Atlanta Campaign.

Today, Great Grandfather Oakes is stationed with his regiment near East Point, along the Atlanta & LaGrange / West Point Railroad, southwest of Atlanta, which is currently under siege by Sherman's army. It is wet and rainy, and the Confederates are awaiting another attack which will develop into the Battle of Lovejoy's Station on September 2nd.

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