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Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield

Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield

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The battle at Brice's Crossroads between the Union forces under General Sturgis and the Confederate forces commanded by Nathan Bedford Forrest was fought late in the war, June 1864. While Sherman was marching to the sea in Georgia, he was very concerned about the noted Confederate Calvary General, Nathan Bedford Forrest cutting his supply lines, so Sherman had General Sturgis go into Mississippi with a force of over 8 thousand men to confront Forrest, and thus prevent Forrest from severing the Union Supply lines resupplying Sherman deep in Georgia. Although Sturgis and his Union soldiers were badly mauled by Forrest, Sturgis succeeded in his prime directive from General Sherman, of keeping Forrest bottled up in Mississippi. So while it was a tactical defeat for the Union at Brice's Crossroads, it was a strategic victory that allowed the Union to hasten the end of the war.

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