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Forrest In A Fighting Rage

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On Feb. 22, 1864, 1 : "ii eral Forrest det (1 iierman's Alerician oanapaign, which promi el mucli í'or the Union cruise. Tho cavalry i of tho expedition, 7,000 strong. were to ! ride from Memphis through JVKssissippi I to Meridaa, destroy everythiiig, ; ing railroads, eu route, keep Fom-t's renowned corps out of tho game ;;n(l roach Meridan to help Shernia) eut the roads iu rear of tbe Coniuderates in Georgia. Forrest had other notic-ns j abont the programme. Ho made a bold j Stand at West Point, turued the Union cavalry back and chased it to Okolona. The chieftain'a brother, Colonel JefTrey Forrest, led the parsnit with his brigade, and bringing the enemy to bay charged, with all the spirit of the renowncd corps, as though his brother weru at the head. Held up at thn first line only temporarily, he went at the sécond savagely and was himself shot dead withln 50 yards of the Union line. The general reached the spot at that moment, and dismounting knelt over his brothèr's form. Jeffrey was the pet, the Benjamin of the i'amily, the idol upon whoii) t ho general lavished his pride and care. The boy had fallen iu battle. His slayers were still at hand. While the chief knelt there, motionless and dumb with grief, his men held back their blows in sympathy. Aroused by the lull in the fliing, the general leaped into the sarldlo and called to his bugler, "Gus, sound the charge!" With his staff and escort, about 80 sabers, he dashed into the nearest inass of tho enemy and expended the passionate force aroused by grief in desperate fighting. The Union cavalry didn't get half way to Meridan. Another mounted column joincd Forrest next day and Sherman retnrued to Vicksbur" with his entire army.


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