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Bear Creek Bridge

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On 13 April 1862 a force commanded by Brigadier General W. T. Sherman succeeded in leaving their transports and marching south; and upon arrival at Bear Creek Bridge, tore up 500 feet of rail line and then burned the bridge (this achievement having been one of the original goals of C. F. Smith's March 1862 Expedition up the Tennessee River.)

Questions: "Which Union officer conducted the first dedicated attempt to destroy the Bear Creek Bridge?" 

"On what date (plus or minus three days) was this original attempt to cut the Memphis & Charleston Railroad?"

[Hint: William Tecumseh Sherman was not involved.]

 

 

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Time for another hint...

There are a number of reasons why this attempt against Bear Creek Bridge is deserving of mention:

·         It began as one mission, and morphed into another;

·         The adopted mission involved cutting the M & C R.R. in vicinity Iuka (but that position was found to be too strong)

·         Although failing in the effort to cut the Rebel-controlled rail line, the expedition returned to Cairo having accomplished the following: determined positively that there was strong Union sentiment at Savannah; the strong Union feeling and number of Federal-supporting citizens in vicinity meant Savannah was “a promising location to site a base of operations,” and was recommended as such; one thousand sacks of flour (on hand for delivery to Confederate forces) were confiscated at Clifton Tennessee; the controversial figure, Fielding Hurst, was happened upon during the return of this expedition down the Tennessee River, and delivered to Cairo Illinois.

Now any guesses when this first attempt against Bear Creek Bridge occurred?

Ozzy

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