THOMPSON'S STATION - JOHN PAUL STRAIN

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Measures 34 1/2" x 28 1/2". Artist's Proof, numbered and signed. 107/125.

 

Tennessee, March 5, 1863. If he could help it he never waited for an enemy to charge, Nathan Bedford Forrest declared. Instead, he charged too. Serving under Major General Earl Van Dorn in March of 1863, Forrest followed his own advice when out numbered by Federal forces near Thompson's Station, Tennessee. Forrest, then a brigadier general, drove the Federal artillery from the field, then cut off the Federal infantry's line of retreat. To break through, the Northern cavalry charged Forrest - and Forrest then "charged too." Astride a favorite mount - "Roderrick" - Forrest led the counter attack. When "Roderrick" was shot down and he was unhorsed, Forrest scrambled to his feet and led the charge on foot. Such a ferocity was too much for the enemy, who scattered or surrendered. Van Dorn gave Forrest credit for the victory.

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