January 28, 1864
---In East Tennessee, the victorious Gen. Samuel Sturgis, commanding Foster’s cavalry, pushes his divisions forward towards Dandridge, and collides with Frank Armstrong’s division of Confederate cavalry. The Federals push forward in time to see Rebel infantry crossing the river towards them, at least three brigades strong. Sturgis decides these odds are too severe, and conducts a fighting retreat.
---Alexander G. Downing, a young sergeant in the 11th Iowa Infantry Regiment, writes in his journal about the Army of the Tennessee, under the command of William T. Sherman, gearing up for the Meridian campaign:
Thursday, 28th—Some of the troops that are going out on an expedition to Meridian, started on their way this morning. It is rumored that the Seventeenth and Sixteenth Army Corps are to make a raid across the State of Mississippi for the purpose of destroying the railroad running from Vicksburg to Meridian, and that General Sherman is to be in command of the expedition.