This Week in the Civil War - #850
After traveling from Memphis, Tennessee Union troops under General Samuel Sturgis on Friday, June 10, 1864 attacked Confederate cavalry commanded by Nathan Bedford Forrest at Brice’s Crossroads, south of Corinth, Mississippi. Exhausted by the summer heat, Union troops quickly withdrew to Tishomingo Creek, only to find its bridge blocked. The retreat back to Memphis was a near rout, with Forrest’s cavalry seizing Union artillery, supply wagons and equipment, and 1500 Union prisoners. With only 3500 men in his command, the brilliant Forrest completely routed a Union force of approximately 8000, inflicting 2240 casualties on Sturgis’ force. On that same day John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate raiders entered Lexington, Kentucky, burned the Federal depot, and seized approximately seven thousand horses. Confederate raiders like Forrest and Morgan were still very active in mid-1864.