War of the Rebellion: Serial 077 Page 0468 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., ALA., AND N. GA. Chapter LI.

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AUGUST 21, 1864. -Attack on Memphis, Tenn.


Numbers 1. -Major General Cadwallader C. Washburn, U. S. Army, commanding District of WEST Tennessee.

Numbers 2. -Lieutenant Colonel William H. Thurston, Assistant Inspector- General, SIXTEENTH Army Corps.

Numbers 3. -Brigadier General Ralph P. Buckland, U. S. Army, commanding District of Memphis.

Numbers 4. -Colonel George B. Hoge, One hundred and thirteenth Illinois Infantry, commanding First Brigade.

Numbers 5. -Colonel John Wood, One hundred and thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry, of casualties in the THIRD Brigade.

Numbers 6. -Colonel Edwin L. Buttrick, Thirty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry, commanding Fourth Brigade.

Numbers 7. -Sergt. Horatio M. Price, Seventh Wisconsin Battery.

Numbers 8. -Captain Charles R. Riggs, Sixty-first U. S. Colored Infantry, First Brigade Colored Troops.

Numbers 9. -Lieutenant Colonel William B. Bell, Eight Iowa Infantry (unassigned).

Numbers 10. -Lieutenant Ruthven W. Pike, Fourth Illinois Cavalry, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, of casualties in the Cavalry Corps, District of WEST Tennessee.

Numbers 11. -Lieutenant Colonel George Duffield, THIRD Iowa Cavalry, THIRD Iowa Cavalry, Second Brigade, Second DIVISION.

Numbers 12. -Captain Shuler S. Vrooman, THIRD Illinois Cavalry.

Numbers 13. -Brigadier General Charles W. Dustan, commanding Tennessee Enrolled Militia.

Numbers 14. -John E. Randle, Chief of Fire Department.

Numbers 15. -Major General Nathan B. Forrest, C. S. Army, commanding Forrest's cavalry.

Numbers 1. Reports of Major General Cadwallader C. Washburn, U. S. Army, commanding District of WEST Tennessee.

MEMPHIS, TENN., August 21, 1864.

Major-General Forrest, with three brigades of cavalry, attacked this city at 4 a. m. to-day, making a sudden dash on our pickets and riding into the heart of the city. They were repulsed and driven out, with considerable loss. They obtained no plunder, but about 250 100-days' men were captured. They left General A. J. Smith's front at Oxford the evening of the 18th, and made a forced march of nearly 100 miles. General Smith has all my cavalry but about 400, and I have taken measures to notify him, and have him fall upon them and intercept their retreat. The whole thing has resulted very satisfactorily so far. What cavalry have is harassing their rear.



Major General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Dept. and Army of the Tennessee, near Atlanta, Ga.


Memphis, Tenn., September 2, 1864.

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that on the morning of the 21st ultimo this city was attacked by Major-General Forrest, C. S. Army, with three brigades of his command, numbering from 2,500 to 3,000 men.