December 21, This day during the American Civil War

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December 21, 1862 – in Trenton, Tennessee – On December 20, Brig. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest and his Confederate raiders approached the town of Trenton. Trenton had a Union post that was currently manned by a detachment of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry, the 126th Illinois Infantry, and a number of convalescents totaling about 130 troops. The majority of the Union regulars were on a seperate mission. Forrest attacked the town and the Federals barricaded themselves behind bales of cotton at the city’s railroad depot. They made a short stand before having to surrender to the Confederates. On December 21, after gathering all of the supplies that they could carry with them, the Confederate raiders left Trenton. This was part of Forrest’s West Tennessee Expedition Forrest wished to disrupt the rail supply line to Ulysses S. Grant’s army, campaigning down the Mississippi Central Railroad. If Forrest destroyed the Mobile & Ohio…

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