150 years ago today on Sunday October 11, 1863, skirmishing continued between the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers in Virginia. Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army was able to gain momentum in its movement to the north. The sites of the fighting included Culpeper Court House, Griffinsburg, Brandy Station, Morton’s Ford, Stevensburg, near Kelly’s Ford¸and near Warrenton.
And also on October 11th, the battle of Collierville occurred. Confederate forces of Brigadier General James R. Chalmers advanced from Oxford, Mississippi and attacked the Union garrison at Collierville. Union forces, commanded by Colonel D. C. Anthony of the 66th Indiana Infantry, established defenses at the railroad depot and also along a stockade with eight-foot-high walls and a line of rifle-pits. General Chalmers planned to cut the telegraph lines, burn railroad trestles, and surround the fort. At twelve noon, Major General William T. Sherman and his troops arrived from Memphis by train, bringing the total number of men fighting in the battle to about 4,000. Sherman narrowly escaped capture when Confederates boarded the train and captured personal items, including his horse, Dolly. The battle raged around the fort and depot, and Confederates drove Union forces into the fort, the depot and the railroad cuts. The battle lasted about five hours, with neither side able to gain control. Fearing reinforcements from Germantown, the Confederates withdrew and never took the fort. Casualties were estimated at 164 Union and 128 Confederate.
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