On February 21, 1864, Confederate and Union forces faced off over
the banks of the Chuquatonchee Creek on Ellis Bridge in West Point,
Mississippi. This three-hour battle pitted Nathan Bedford Forrest
with his small but mighty cavalry against William Sooy Smith and
his dogged Federal troops as they attempted to push through the
prairie and destroy the railroad junction in Meridian. Smith's men
did not succeed in their mission and suffered heavy casualties at
the hands of Forrest in a precursor to the Battle of Okolona.
Author John McBryde details the nuances of the battle that
initiated Rebel opposition to the Meridian Campaign, including
accounts from West Point locals of the time.
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