As Sherman invades Georgia, his 100,000 man army depends on a tenuous supply line through Tennessee. He must keep Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest (whom he refers to as “that devil Forrest”) away from that supply line. Sherman sends General Sturgis on a raid into Mississippi with 8,500 troops to distract and hopefully destroy Forrest. Forrest rushes to meet Sturgis’ army with 4,713 poorly-armed Confederate cavalry.
In one of the most complete victories of the war, Forrest crushes the Union invasion force.