In April 1863, the Union high command decided to turn the tables on the Confederates in the west, raiding their communications as Generals Van Dorn and Forrest had so successfully done the preceding December. General Grant dispatched Colonel Grierson across Mississippi in a raid that was a qualified success, while General Rosecrans sent Colonel Abel Streight on a raid across Alabama that became an abject failure. The reasons for that failure and how it unfolded are the subject of a doubleheader by Brigadier General (Ret) John Scales. He will be presenting data from his forthcoming book, General Forrest at War, scheduled to be published this fall by Savas Beatie.
This will be a presentation by General Scales at the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table meeting on April 10. This program is open to the public and is set to begin at 6:30 PM at the Elks Lodge, 725 Franklin St., in Huntsville.