Battle of Franklin
battle of Franklin took place beginning on November 30th and
was to be a sound defeat for Hoods Army of Tennessee.
It would see no less than 6 generals killed on the battlefield
and would result in some 6000 rebel troops killed or wounded.
Fortunately for General Forrests cavalry forces which,
at this point, included Rosss Brigade as part of Jacksons
division, the bloodbath was to be spared. A separate engagement
took place involving Rosss cavalry brigade. This battle
took place near Fort Granger. Some four thousand Federal Cavalrymen
under the command of General Wilson were drawn up to attack.
The engagement stated a 300 p.m. The Texas old adversaries,
Brownlows White Horse Regiment was soon to begin the
fight. As they began their attack General Ross stood up in
his saddle and said to his men, " Boys, if you dont
run, they will!" He then set the 3rd Texas in a charge
toward the enemy. The fighting was close quarters hand to
hand, saber to saber, pistol to pistol at point blank range.
By nightfall, Forrest, seeing the ammunition running low ordered
the engagement to cease for the evening and they withdrew
December 2, 1864 General Hood was positioned his battered
army in front of Nashville, Tennessee. He was facing a far
superior force and his supply lines were stretched all the
way back to Alabama. Hood had trapped himself. He could not
go forward and could not go backward. In the midst of this,
General Hood dispatched is cavalry command, under Forrest,
to harass Mufreesboro so 35 miles to the Southeast. In the
annals of warfare no one will argue the folly of this but
as strange as it was for Hood to do it, he let some 6, 500
of his force go with Forrest. In shire folly and stupidity
Hood split his out-numbered forces, in the dead of winter,
to attack another superior force. General Forrest proceed
as ordered and finding the Union forces at Mufreesboro too
strong to attack he proceeded to only harass them on the 6th
and 7th of December. There was a brief engagement involving
Rosss brigade and the 3rd Texas near a fortress were
an enemy advance was checked as it left one of the fortresses.
Unfortunately, the Yankee General in charge was able to take
some 197 Rebels prisoner. Four the next five days operations
around Murfreesboro were frost bound by a blizzard and left
middle Tennessee covered with ice. On December 14, Forrest
Cavalry, including Rosss brigade hit a train and was
successful. They were able to plunder the supplies 60 thousand
rations that included bushels of sugar, coffee, slabs of bacon,
and hundreds of much needed overcoats.