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Battle of Johnsonville (November 1864), US Civil War

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  • Lt Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, (CSA) (1821 - 1877)
    [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] From the 1850 federal census, Bedford Forrest lived with his wife, son, and daughter at DeSoto County, Mississippi. The family at the time consisted of:

The Battle of Johnsonville was fought November 4–5, 1864, in Benton County, Tennessee and Humphreys County, Tennessee, during the American Civil War. Confederate cavalry commander Maj. General Nathan Bedford Forrest culminated a 23-day raid through western Tennessee by attacking the Union supply base at Johnsonville. Forrest's attack destroyed numerous boats in the Tennessee River and millions of dollars of supplies, disrupting the logistical operations of Union Maj. General George H. Thomas in Nashville. As a result, Thomas's army was hampered in its (eventually successful) plan to defeat Confederate Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's invasion of Tennessee, the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.