December 30, This day during the American Civil War

December 30, 1862 – in Jefferson, Tennessee – On December 29, Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler led several Confederate regiments on a raid around the flank and rear of the entire Union army. Around midnight, the Confederate rode out the Lebanon pike for 5 miles, then turned to the north towards Jefferson. On December 30, Wheeler’s raiders entered Jefferson. They captured a Union wagon train containing 20 wagons. The Confederates burned all of them. They then rode out of town, headed to another objective.Once there, they captured and burned a Union wagon train and captured and paroled 800 Federals. The train consisted of 300 wagons loaded with army stores and estimated a worth of $1,000,000.

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