Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dec. 17, 1861

Dec. 17, 1861: BATTLE OF ROWLETT’S STATION, Kentucky - Gen. Thomas Hindman, with a brigade of Arkansas infantry, reinforced with a battery of artillery and the famous 8th Texas Cavalry (Terry’s Texas Rangers), attacks a bridge over the Green River. Defending is the 32nd Indiana Infantry, an all-German regiment, under Col. Willich. 8 companies of the 32nd defend the bridge, forming into European-style infantry squares, and holding off charge after charge from the Texas Rangers. After losing 91 men, Hindman withdraws, knowing that more Union troops are approaching. Union losses are 40 men. Union victory.

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