Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Dresden; skirmishes at Knob Gap, LaVergne, and Franklin; beginning of Murfreesboro/Stones River Campaign.

Skirmish near Franklin, Official report

 

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Skirmishes at Prim’s Blacksmith Shop, Edmonson Pike; and on Wilson Creek Pike between Brentwood and Petersburg.

 

Skirmish at Middleburg.

CSA Texas Rangers and 2nd GA Cav skirmish with Federals near Concord Baptist Church in Franklin.

 

Series of skirmishes near Nashville.

 

December 21

Nathan Bedford Forrest moves to Union City, capturing Union forces at Rutherford Station and Kenton Station and destroying railroads.

Skirmish on Benjamin Smith’s Plantation on Wilson Creek Pike (4th MI Cav and 4th KY Cav, U.S.); 7 CS killed and 10 captured.

 

 

December 20

Capture of Humboldt and Trenton by C.S.A. troops under Forrest; C.S. attacks Grand Junction.

Skirmishes near Brentwood and Nolensville (KY 2nd Cav U.S.).

Tennessee Historical Marker,Grand Junction in Hardeman County, Tennessee,Grand Junction

Grand Junction is named for its location, where the Memphis and Charleston and Mississippi Central Railroads intersect, and was strategically important to both Confederate and Union forces. After defeats at Shiloh and Corinth, Confederates tore up the tracks, hoping to delay the Federal pursuit. Union Gen. William T. Sherman oversaw much of the repair work in mid-1862. Later Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made this place a staging ground for his Vicksburg campaign, storing “100,000 rations” and basing 40,000 U.S. soldiers here.

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Affair at Spring Creek; Forrest demonstrates in front of Jackson while detachments destroy railroads and bridges.

 

Nathan Bedford Forrest attacks a detachment of Union cavalry east of Lexington, taking prisoners, supplies, and artillery.

 

Forrest crosses Tennessee River at Clifton, beginning raids into West Tennessee.

 

4th TN Cav attacks Federals near Nolensville.

 

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