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, September 18, 2014

The army moves to Palmetto

On today's date in 1864, having given up Atlanta in a long series of destructive battles, Confederate Gen. John B. Hood began marching his depleted army to Palmetto Station, 20 miles west of Jonesboro, on the Atlanta & West Point Railroad. There the army went into camp while Hood considered what to do next. Partick Cleburne's Division, in which Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes was serving, encamped 5 miles northwest of the town. The army will remain here until the 29th.

Source: Pat Cleburne: Confederate General, Howell & Elizabeth Purdue

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