||Brice’s Cross Roads
||Prentiss County and Union County
||Forrest’s Defense of Mississippi (1864)
||June 10, 1864
||Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis [US]; Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest [CS]
||Three-brigade division of infantry and a division of cavalry (about 8,500 ) [US]; cavalry corps
||3,105 total (US 2,610; CS 495)
||At the beginning of June 1864, Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest set out with his cavalry corps of
about 2,000 men to enter Middle Tennessee and destroy the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, which was
carrying men and supplies to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman in Georgia. On June 10, 1864, Forrest’s smaller
Confederate force defeated a much larger Union column under Brig. Gen. Samuel Sturgis at Brices Cross Roads.
This brilliant tactical victory against long odds cemented Forrest’s reputation as one of the foremost mounted
infantry leaders of the war.