This Week in the Civil War - #960
On Wednesday, November 9, 1864 the Federal Twenty-third Corps continued to move through Nashville on its way to reinforce the Fourth Corps at Pulaski, Tennessee, in anticipation of a drive into Tennessee by Hood’s Confederates. On the Tennessee River in Alabama, Hood’s troops skirmished at Shoal Creek and near Florence, providing more evidence of a pending invasion of Tennessee. Furthermore, reports had Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry at Corinth, Mississippi; Forrest, back from his raid into west Tennessee, was expected to join Hood. The Union War Department believed that as soon as Forrest joined with Hood that Tennessee would be attacked; however, Washington continued to believe that Federal forces in Tennessee would be able to hold their ground, without further assistance from Sherman’s forces, against the invading Confederates.