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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: Forrest Raids Memphis Under Cover of Darkness Amidst the August Fog

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Forrest Raids Memphis Under Cover of Darkness Amidst the August Fog

Gen. N.B. Forrest’s Raid on Memphis in the early morning hours of Sunday August 21, 1864, was a brilliant strategic move to relieve North Mississippi of Union invaders.

Corinth, Mississippi October 20, 2009 -- A unique multimedia presentation on Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s famous August 1864 raid on Union occupied Memphis, will be the program at the regular monthly meeting of the Col. W. P. Rogers Camp 321 and the Tippah Tigers Camp 868, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

The Raid was one of the most dramatic events of Memphis’ 190 year history.

Location of the meeting will be the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, 501 West Linden Street, Corinth. Event is open to the public.

Shelby County Historian Edward F. Williams, III, retired Judge Melvin McClure, Jr., local historians Alan Doyle and Steven Johnson have spent twelve months preparing for this highly researched oral presentation and PowerPoint slide show.

Preparation for the program included recreating Gen. Forrest’s ride on the original raid route from Oxford, Mississippi to Memphis. The PowerPoint portion of the presentation will include photos of the raid route, important 19th century and modern day landmarks, plus images of the significant military officers that were involved in the strategic raid.

Gen. Forrest intended to capture the three Union Generals C.C. Washburn, Stephen A. Hurlburt and R.P. Buckland at their quarters in Memphis. His plans were to also release the Confederate sympathizers being held in the Irving Block Prison near Court Square.

For additional information on the event, contact Buddy Ellis.

About Col. W. P. Rogers Camp 321, SCV:

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate Soldiers. The SCV continues to serve as a patriotic, historical and non-political organization dedicated to ensuring the true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. The Col. W. P. Rogers Camp was organized in 1992.


Commander Buddy Ellis
Col. W. P. Rogers Camp 321, SCV


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