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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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