Saturday, June 06, 2009
The Battle of Memphis
Memphis was lost to the Confederacy on this date in 1862. There are descriptions of the battle, which only lasted 1 1/2 hours, at AmericanCivilWar.com, Wikipedia, the National Park Service site and History.com . Tennessee.gov has information in its A PATH DIVIDED: Tennessee's Civil War Heritage Trail, . There's a short history of Memphis at the City of Memphis' web site which includes Civil War dates of importance for the city. There are historic photos from Harper's Weekly here.
Here's a video of the Civil War in 4 minutes, a clear representation of the general movements of the troops and locations of the battles.