CWT Presents Norman Dasinger, Jr. - A Bluff Beats a Streight: Streight's Raid & Forrest's Bluff

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"In the name of God! How many cannon do you have? I have counted 15 already!" exclaimed Colonel Abel D. Streight. To which (then) Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest calmly replied, "I reckon that is all that has kept up." The exchange took place on May 3, 1863 - the culmination of the cavalry campaign known as Streight's Raid.

It's a fascinating campaign with memorable place names like Day's Gap, Hog Mountain, and Cedar Bluff. Besides Forrest and Streight, there's a large cast of unforgettable characters including Col. Gilbert Hathaway (73rd IN), Emma Sansom, the Murphree Sisters, and Pvt. Robert Turner (4th TN Cav.) Abel Streight was a brilliant man and, pitted against a lesser opponent, he might have even succeeded. But he drew the short straw when he met Forrest as his adversary and that made a big difference in the fortunes of Streight and his men. It may have been the event that boosted Forrest toward Civil War stardom.

@Norman Dasinger Jr is a member of the faculty for Blue & Gray Education Society and a resident of Rainbow City, Alabama. His interest in the Civil War began in the early 1980's when he and his father began researching their family history. Finding several ancestors who were participants on both sides of the conflict, they set out to see the battlefields they had fought upon, a journey that led to multiple states. Mr. Dasinger studied local battlefields in Georgia and Alabama and became active in interpreting them for various organizations. He continues to enjoy showing people the deep and rich history of locations in his state and surrounding areas. Mr. Dasinger regularly leads tours for Blue & Gray Education Society and, in 2018, he provided his services as guide for the CivilWarTalk member event at Chickamauga.

Make plans now to join us for Mr. Dasinger's virtual presentation on (almost) the 158th anniversary of Streight's surrender to Forrest and learn more about this interesting cavalry campaign.

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It will be an interesting presentation tonight with lots of personalities and drama.
Do not miscalculate the intelligence of Streight due to the way this campaign concluded. He was a very able leader. He beat Forrest in two battles - both on the same day.
Forrest had to chase Streight down. The Confederacy could not allow the raid to be uncontested. And Forrest had horses, compared to Streight's mules, so Forrest had an edge. But Forrest only caught up to Streight in Alabama. Grant, Dodge and Rosecrans should have been satisfied with that.
Grierson stayed ahead of his pursuers. Van Dorn met a violent end, and Forrest went on a eastward race. Seems like the US had better plan in May in 1863 than in December 1862!
 

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I really like this photo of Norman!

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It's a great picture and you should like it! You are the one who captured the shot during our Chickamauga tour in 2018. :D My apologies for not crediting the image at the beginning of the thread.
 

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Really enjoyed tonight's presentation by Norman. I like his style and I like all the biographical information he provides on the people in his presentations. I need to take notes.
 

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It's a great picture and you should like it! You are the one who captured the shot during our Chickamauga tour in 2018. :D My apologies for not crediting the image at the beginning of the thread.

I was just being a cheeky bugger! 😆🤪😂

Bill
 

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This presentation is receiving attention from outside of CivilWarTalk and is likely to be a full house. Seating is limited. Please don't delay; REGISTER here.

Here's a little teaser for those considering attending the presentation - Mr. Dasinger's latest article for Blue and Gray Education Society on the Skirmish at Black Creek
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Link to the article https://t.e2ma.net/message/fifild/rrqex9

And a photo I took today of the surrender site at Cedar Bluff, AL.
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Too bad they couldn't bother to get her name right - Emma SanSOM!
 
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