Forrest during Hood's retreat

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DixieRifles

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Then he was shot in the heel at Franklin. But he was also hurt at Nashville, which knocked him out of command briefly - that's why he was in an ambulance.
Is that right? {I read that to mean the Battle of Franklin.} I had to read Hattaway's bio very carefully. It describes the retreat from Nashville but it was hard to follow the dates. Now I think I have it right.
Here are some paraphrased quotes starting on Page 145.
  • Federals launched their first assault against Lee's lines on the 17th (December) at 5:00am.
    Gradually Lee fell back into Franklin.
  • Hood's retreat was held up due to burned bridge and began building a pontoon bridge. Lee formed a battle line on a bluff not far from the pontoon bridge.
  • Lee's and his staff and escort had hand-to-hand combat in the almost general melee. This is where he formed a modified hollow square to repulse the attacking cavalry.
  • "At 1:00pm Lee received a wound from a shell fragment. It shot off his spur and passed through his heel."

So yes, Lee was wounded at Franklin but on December 17th----not at the battle on November 30th. Technically he was not wounded at Nashville but during the retreat.
 
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diane

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Is that right? {I read that to mean the Battle of Franklin.} I had to read Hattaway's bio very carefully. It describes the retreat from Nashville but it was hard to follow the dates. Now I think I have it right.
Here are some paraphrased quotes starting on Page 145.
  • Federals launched their first assault against Lee's lines on the 17th (December) at 5:00am.
    Gradually Lee fell back into Franklin.
  • Hood's retreat was held up due to burned bridge and began building a pontoon bridge. Lee formed a battle line on a bluff not far from the pontoon bridge.
  • Lee's and his staff and escort had hand-to-hand combat in the almost general melee. This is where he formed a modified hollow square to repulse the attacking cavalry.
  • "At 1:00pm Lee received a wound from a shell fragment. It shot off his spur and passed through his heel."

So yes, Lee was wounded at Franklin but on December 17th----not at the battle on November 30th. Technically he was not wounded at Nashville but during the retreat.
By George, I think we've got it! :laugh:
 

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"While researching on General Lee for the upcoming Vicksburg tour, I discovered he didn't miss any battles; at least not Nashville.
At the battle of Nashville at 1:00pm, General Lee was wounded by a shell fragment. A piece of the shell knocked off his spur and went through his heel, breaking a few bones. He continued to lead the defensive action despite his wound. "

I seemed to have posted some double-talk. After I wrote the first sentence, I opened Hattaway's book and found the info about the time he was wounded and corrected myself in the second sentence.
BTW, in Lee's home in Columbus they have a crutch on display. They said it is believed to have been used by General Forrest, who did spend time in Columbus and I think he had surgery there once. But now I wonder if the crutch was actually used by General Lee---or possibly both men used it.
I thought I had a photo of the crutch but I don't.
My Great Grandfather Isaac Mason was in Columbus Mississippi. The date on this receipt seems to say Oct 14th 1865. That was a few months after the surrender. I know he was wounded. Was Columbus a POW camp as well as a hospital?

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