This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Union cavalry skirmish with Confederate fighters near Holly Springs, Miss., vying for control of the town.
Although not a significant fight itself, the daylong skirmishing comes amid the larger Union quest by Ulysses S. Grant to crush Confederate forces and gain control of key Southern rail supply lines and the lower Mississippi River. Grant’s intent was to gain full control of the lower Mississippi and thereby split the South in two while taking away the river as a key commercial corridor for the Confederacy.
This week, news reports tell of soldiers in the downtime between large-scale fighting getting into trouble in Tennessee.
A news dispatch dated Nov. 16, 1862, reports five murders in Nashville, Tenn., adding two of the homicides were of saloon keepers, who refused to sell liquor to soldiers. It also said two soldiers were among those killed.