1863

Gen. Bragg’s army has retreated from Chattanooga to Atlanta.

1864

In the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi, a force of 14,000 Federal troops under Gen. Andrew Smith defeats a Confederate force half their size, largely through the heroic efforts of a USCT brigade to turn away an attack by Forrest. Smith is later criticized for not destroying Forrest, but his victory is enormously significant, ensuring the safety of Sherman’s supply lines from Confederate raids.

Advertisements