Monday, October 29, 2012

October 28, 1862

October 28, 1862:  Gen. Bragg and the Army of the Mississippi arrive in the Knoxville area.  Bragg leaves the army under the command of Gen. Polk while he travels to Richmond to consult with the President.  Meanwhile, Gen. John C. Breckenridge marches his division to occupy Murfreesboro, only 35 miles from Union-controlled Nashville.  Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, knowing that Buell’s army had not yet returned to Nashville, urges Breckenridge to attack Nashville now.

---At Cross Hollows, Arkansas, near Fayetteville, Gen. Francis Herron and about 1,000 Federal cavalry encounter five regiments of Texas cavalry and two cannon.  Herron’s troops rout the Rebels in a sharp fight.

---In coastal North Carolina, Gen. John G. Foster, with 12,000 troops, begins an expedition up the Albemarle River, heading inland.

---Just off of the entrance to Mobile Bay, the USS Montgomery captures the Rebel steamer CSS Caroline, attempting to run the blockade with a cargo of weapons and munitions.

---The Lauretta, a merchant vessel out of New York, is captures by the CSS Alabama and burned.

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