Southern Gentleman, Lest We Forget, 2011
Honored Fallen Comrade
- Feb 20, 2005
After a very enjoyable visit to the 2006 Forrest Boyhood Home fundraiser, I ventured south a few miles down TN highway 272 in search of the Duck River. After asking for directions to any access to the river (that was painful, the part about asking directions) I was guided to an eroded earthen ramp down the hill to the mighty Duck. This river was a very formidable obstacle for both Thomas' and Hood's armies in middle Tennessee, particulary in the winter months and specifically after the battle of Nashville. I walked down to the riverside and missed an opportunity to photograph a herron on a sand bar in front of me. I finally noticed a roaring sound and looked back to my right behind a tree line and saw the mill remnant and dam, still being warmed by the Tennessee sun after 141 years! Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and some 3,500 men and animals tried to cross the ran swollen Duck at this point on December 18, 1864. My wounded great great grandfather was in the group. For an instant I could feel the spirit. This crossing on the Duck is mentioned in the OR and in many officer's reports. Thanks to topozone and a kind neighbor I was able to get some photographs and a very good memory. Any of you know about this place?