e numbers of well-armed and splendly-equipped Federal cavalry.
The cavalry force of about seven thousand men under General Sooy Smith, and belonging to Sherman's army, he completely defeated in a fairly open and prairie country suited for the action of regular cavalry, had either side possessed any. General Sherman officially described Smith's division as composed of the best and most experienced men in the service.
This part of the campaign had been expressly designed by that general with a view to the capture or destruction of Forrest's force.
But Smith was no match for his opponent, who out-generaled him, and the result was the reverse of what Sherman had intended and anticipated.
Forrest's force during these operations numbered about three thousand men, one-half of whom were raw and badly-armed recruits.
General Grant says: Smith's command was nearly double that of Forrest, but not equal man to man, for lack of a successful experience, such as Forrest's men had had.