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The Gayoso In Confederate History

Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 29.954112", -90° 3' 15.310944"
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Gen. Forrest seeing his inability to oppose the Federal Army of 24,000 men, whose orders were “to keep Forrest out of West Tenn.” with only 4000 men at his command, decided on his famous flank movement, and entered Memphis at dawn, Aug. 21, 1864. A detachment of his forces rode into the rotunda of the original Gayoso Hotel and sought to capture the federal commander but said general and his brother officers fled in their nightgowns and escaped. The result of the attack upon Memphis was the immediate retreat of the Federal forces from Oxford, Miss.
Never Was Cause More Holy,
Than Defending Home And Right
Never Were Soldiers Braver
Than Those On Duty That Night.
Erected By Confederate Dames Tyler Chapter 1909

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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