[Nathan Bedford Forrest - "The Wizard of the
Wilsonís Raid in Alabama and
Maj. Gen. James H. Wilson
Lt. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest
Two cavalry divisions (13,500)
Troops in city (5,000 men)
On March 22, 1865 Maj.
Gen. James H. Wilson, in command of three divisions of Union cavalry
amounting to about 13,500 men, led his men south from Gravelly Springs, Alabama.
opposed by Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest.
skillfully continued his march and eventually defeated him in a running battle
at Ebenezer Church, on April 1.
his command into three columns and advanced on Selma, AL.
Although Selma was well-defended, the Union
columns broke through the defenses at separate points forcing the Confederates
Although many of the officers and men, including
Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor, escaped, Selma demonstrated that even
Forrest could not stop the Union movements deep into the South.
[Battlefield Lost Integrity]
- having a decisive influence on a
campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war
having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign
having observable influence on the
outcome of a campaign
having a limited influence on the
outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important
2 Casualties are
someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.