Sunday, September 16, 2012
On this day in 1864 Nathan Bedford Forrest leads 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee.
Because of its location on the railroad, Verona played an important part in the war. Verona served as a recruitment camp and a loading point to ship soldiers and supplies to Virginia and other places as the Army needed them.
In 1864, Nathan Bedford Forrest had his headquarters camp at Verona, and many of his important battles were launched from here. It was in Verona that Forrest was promoted to General of all the cavalry in the Department of Mississippi, Alabama, and East Louisiana.
General Forrest had a large supply depot in Verona. He had accumulated seven warehouses of ammunition, 34 boxcars filled with supplies, 300 captured wagons, several blacksmith shops, and thousands of weapons. It’s exact location is still a mystery today.