In the waning months of 1862, the Western section of Tennessee was under siege by Federal army units stationed at all of the vital transportation and communication points. In spite of being behind enemy lines in occupied territory, units were still being organized to aid the Confederacy.This is the exciting story of one of these units, the 1st Tennessee Partisan Rangers which, in spite of overwhelming difficulties, managed to escape through enemy lines to be mustered into the Confederate States Army as the 12th Tennessee Cavalry. They served as one of General N. B. Forrest's hard riding, hard fighting regiments and through their courage and hardiness helped to establish and perpetuate the legend of the "Wizard of the Saddle." A detailed roster of the regiment's members is included which genealogical researchers may find extremely valuable.
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Published July 22, 2002