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Description of Subject Matter: Armstrong's Raid: Aug 25-Sep 3, 1862:
Raiding northward out of Mississippi to prevent reinforcement by U.S. Grant of Buell's army in Middle Tennessee, Armstrong's Cavalry Brigade passed through LaGrange and Grand Junction, engaged Federal troops at Bolivar and cut the railroad at Toone. They besieged the garrison here, then moved west to fight the Battle of Britton's Lane, thereafter withdrew southward.
Battle of Britton's Lane: Sep 1, 1862:
Ordered to raid north from Mississippi by Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, commanding the Army of the West, thus to prevent U.S. Grant's reinforcing Buell in Tennessee, Brig. Gen. Frank C. Armstrong's Cavalry Brigade here struck Col. Elias S. Dennis' Federal force of two cavalry troops, a battery and two infantry regiments. After four hours, in which they suffered heavy losses while taking 213 prisoners and two fieldpieces, the raiders withdrew, their mission accomplished.
The Battle of Britton Lane has been described by the keepers of the present battlefield as "the Battle Which History Forgot." While this may be true, the battle was one of the larger battles fought in western Tennessee during the war. In August of 1862, C.S. General Sterling Price, commander of all cavalry in the west, ordered C.S. Colonel Frank Armstrong to take his 3,300 Calvary Brigade and raid north into Tennessee along Northern-controlled rail lines, causing as much disturbance and commotion as possible. Federal officers, fearing an attack on Federally controlled Jackson, Tennessee, sent U.S. Colonel Elias Dennis and cavalry and infantry regiments totaling around 1,500 men to meet Armstrong. The two armies met at Britton Lane, with neither side expecting a heavy battle. The battle waged back and forth for four hours, until the Confederate troops gained the upper hand and managed to capture several hundred prisoners and two field pieces. The Southern soldiers left the field, their mission accomplished.
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1997 photos: Since 1984, I've lived in Silver Spring, Maryland.
From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
From 1989 to 2002, I was doing all pictures as prints (instead of slides which I had grown up on).
In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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