Map of Meridian Battlefield study area by the American Battlefield Protection Program
Map of Okolona Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.
Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of Union forces in the Meridian campaign
General William Smith
Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk, commander of Confederate forces during the Meridian campaign
Major General Forrest

With Confederate reinforcements, Forrest routed Smith but did not pursue due to lack of ammunition, and Smith limped over the state line to Tennessee on February 26, where he was criticized for putting Sherman's Meridian Expedition in danger.

- Battle of Okolona

Forrest caught Smith and his troops in Okolona, Mississippi, and forced them to retreat more rapidly after a defeat in the Battle of Okolona on February 22, 1864, which ultimately resulted in General Sherman's entire left flank being eliminated during the campaign.

- Meridian campaign
Map of Meridian Battlefield study area by the American Battlefield Protection Program

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William Sooy Smith

William Sooy Smith

West Point graduate and career civil engineer who became a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

West Point graduate and career civil engineer who became a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

William Sooy Smith
Smith in later life.

On January 27, 1864, as part of the Meridian Campaign, Smith was given the command of General Hurlbut's force of 7,000 cavalry, to be consolidated from their positions throughout western Kentucky and Tennessee, along with the 2,500 that was already under his command.

Smith's force did not join up with Sherman at Meridian as forces under Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated him on February 22, 1864 in the Battle of Okolona.