December 17, This day during the American Civil War

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December 17, 1861 – The Battle of Rowlett’s Station was a land battle in the American Civil War, fought in the whistle-stop station of Rowlett’s in Hart County, Kentucky, on December 17, 1861. The outcome was inconclusive, although the Union Army continued to hold its objective, a railroad bridge across the Green River. The bridge was completed on December 17, and four more companies crossed the river. In the meantime, Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Hindman directed a Confederate force of Texas Rangers, Arkansas infantry, and Mississippi artillery to destroy the bridge. Advancing into the woods, the Union forces discovered enemy skirmishers south of Woodsonville. The latter retreated until their cavalry joined them, and then attacked the Yankee companies. This was the first time in the Civil War that cavalry faced infantry. The Union companies fell into square formation. The Texas Rangers responded by charging the position wildly. In the ensuing…

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