In a Presentation Entitled
A Bluff Beats a Streight:
Streight's Raid & Forrest's Bluff
"In the name of God! How many cannon do you have? I have counted 15 already!" exclaimed Colonel Abel D. Streight. To which (then) Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest calmly replied, "I reckon that is all that has kept up." The exchange occurred on May 3, 1863 - the culmination of the cavalry campaign known as Streight's Raid. This presentation will take place on (almost) the 158th anniversary of Streight's surrender.
It's a fascinating campaign with memorable place names like Day's Gap, Hog Mountain, and Cedar Bluff. Besides Forrest and Streight, there's a large cast of unforgettable characters including Col. Gilbert Hathaway (73rd IN), Emma Sansom, the Murphree Sisters, and Pvt. Robert Turner (4th TN Cav.) Abel Streight was a brilliant man and, pitted against a lesser opponent, he might have even succeeded. But he drew the short straw when he met Forrest as his adversary and that made a big difference in the fortunes of Streight and his men. It may have been the event that boosted Forrest toward Civil War stardom.
Norman Dasinger, Jr is a member of the faculty for Blue & Gray Education Society and a resident of Rainbow City, Alabama. His interest in the Civil War began in the early 1980's when he and his father began researching their family history. Finding several ancestors who were participants on both sides of the conflict, they set out to see the battlefields they had fought upon, a journey that led to multiple states. Mr. Dasinger studied local battlefields in Georgia and Alabama and became active in interpreting them for various organizations. He continues to enjoy showing people the deep and rich history of locations in his state and surrounding areas. Mr. Dasinger regularly leads tours for Blue & Gray Education Society and, in 2018, he provided his services as guide for the CivilWarTalk member event at Chickamauga.
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