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The Daily Dispatch: April 21, 1864., [Electronic resource], Gen. Forrest's expedition to Kentucky. (search)
Gen. Forrest's expedition to Kentucky. --The Tennessee river in the latter part of its course crosses the State of Tennessee almost due North in direction, and also nearly parallel to the Mississippi, which is about a hundred miles distant on the West. Forrest's rout lay about midway between these two rivers, and terminated at Paducah, on the Ohio river, at the month of the Tennessee. Dresden, from which his dispatch to Gen. Polk was dated, when on his return from Paducah, is near the northern boundaries of Tennessee, 199 miles west of Nashville Riplay, at which the prisoners have arrived, is in the northern part of Mississippi. In contemplating this great advance of Forrest, one cannot but ask where is that mighty cavalry best under Greerson and Smith that lately moved down from Memphis to co-operate with Sherman? Forrest seems to have everything his own way.
f Banks: To understand the importance of the great expedition up the Red river, it is necessary to review the military situation in the beginning of March. Sherman had returned to Vicksburg from his grand but disappointed raid into Mississippi, and instead of directing his forces towards Mobile, the point of the greatest ands never under a single command than that now on the western rivers under Admiral Porter. The following paragraph, from the same letter, is worth extracting. Sherman's men, it seems, have brought disgrace on the Red river forces of Gen. Banks. They ought to be excused, for what with their natural aptitude for pillage, how cous advance to Selma: I should not be a faithful historian (says the writer) if I omitted to mention that the conduct of the troops, since the late raid of Gen. Sherman, is becoming very prejudicial to our good name and their efficiency. A spirit of destruction and wanton ferocity seems to have seized upon many of them which