In the spring of 1863, Union colonel Abel D. Streight sought to raid and destroy parts of the vital span of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in north Georgia with his mule-riding infantry brigade. Determined to thwart the potentially deadly attack, Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest fervently pursued Streight's forces. With the help of unlikely ally fifteen-year-old Emma Sansom of Gadson, Alabama, Forrest falsely convinced Streight he was vastly outnumbered, foiled the raid and forced Streight's surrender. Brandon H. Beck details Streight's dubious plan and the exciting story of a running battle between hunter and quarry that colors history from the hills of northeast Mississippi to the heart of Georgia.
About the Author
Dr. Brandon H. Beck is director emeritus of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He is the author of ten books. Since retiring and moving to Columbus, Mississippi, he has written Defending the Mississippi Prairie: The Battle of Okolona and Holly Springs: Van Dorn, the CSS Arkansas, and the Raid That Saved Vicksburg. He teaches part-time at East Mississippi Community College.
Table of Contents
Streight's Raid and Forrest's Pursuit: Timeline 10
1 The Western & Atlantic Railroad: Zero Milepost to Chattanooga 15
2 Defending the Western & Atlantic Against James J. Andrews and General Don Carlos Buell 19
3 Abel D. Streight and Nathan Bedford Forrest 29
4 Abraham Lincoln: "We Should Organize Forces and Make Counter Raids" 39
5 "Cutting Loose" and Staying "Clost on Them" 47
6 Emma Sansom and the Low Water Ford 61
7 Surrender 71
Appendix A John Wisdom: Georgia's Paul Revere 85
Appendix B Emma Sansom's Legacy 87
About the Author 112