During the summer of 1864 a Union column, commanded by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson Smith, set out from Tennessee with a goal that had proven impossible in all prior attempts—to find and defeat the cavalry under the command of Confederate major general Nathan Bedford Forrest….
Civil War Soldiers and Strategies
Dr. Brian S. Wills, Director
The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road, MD2201, Bldg 22, Rm 3016
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591 USA
In the fall of 1864, the Civil War’s outcome rested largely on Abraham Lincoln’s success in the upcoming presidential election. As the contest approached, cautious optimism buoyed the President’s supporters in the wake of Union victories at Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley. With all…