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Next Meeting: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Location: West Pavilion at Drake Center, 151 West Galbraith Road. (More information about Drake Center and driving directions here.)

Speaker: Tom Parson, Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center

Topic: Work for Giants: The Campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg

On November 20, we welcome Tom Parson to the podium. Mr. Parson's talk will be about the campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg, Mississippi. In early July, 1864, a column of Union soldiers set out from LaGrange, Tennessee on a raid with three goals. First, prevent the Confederate cavalry under Nathan. B. Forrest from entering Tennessee and disrupting Sherman’s supply line. The second goal was to destroy a portion of the Mobile & Ohio railroad. Lastly, the Union goal was to defeat Forrest’s cavalry in battle. A similar raid just a few weeks earlier had met with disaster at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads. This program will present the details of this remarkable raid led by Maj. Gen. A.J. Smith, which resulted in an overwhelming victory for the Union and the first defeat for Forrest’s vaunted cavalry.

Tom Parson is a native of Sylmar, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He joined the US Navy right out of high school for a four year hitch which turned into twenty years. He served on four ships and retired in 1998 as a Chief Petty Officer. Not long after retiring he signed on with the National Park Service and has spent the last fifteen years with Shiloh National Military Park. Ranger Parson is assigned to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and is the author of two books and three feature articles in Blue & Gray Magazine. His newest book “Work for Giants: The Campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg” will be released on October 15, 2014, by the Kent State University Press. He lives in Corinth with Nita, his wife of 34 years."




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