Map of Meridian Battlefield study area by the American Battlefield Protection Program
William Sooy Smith
Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of Union forces in the Meridian campaign
Smith in later life.
Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk, commander of Confederate forces during the Meridian campaign

Two supporting columns were under the command of Brigadier General William Sooy Smith and Colonel James Henry Coates.

- Meridian campaign

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.

- William Sooy Smith
Map of Meridian Battlefield study area by the American Battlefield Protection Program

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XVI Corps (Union Army)

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Corps of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Corps of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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It had four divisions commanded respectively by William Sooy Smith (1st Division), Grenville Dodge (2nd Division), Nathan Kimball (3rd Division) and Jacob G. Lauman (4th Division).

Maj. Gen. Hurlbut assumed direct command over these divisions known as the Right Wing and participated in the Meridian Expedition in February 1864.

Map of Okolona Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

Battle of Okolona

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The Battle of Okolona took place on February 22, 1864, in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, between Confederate and Union forces during the American Civil War.

The Battle of Okolona took place on February 22, 1864, in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, between Confederate and Union forces during the American Civil War.

Map of Okolona Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.
General William Smith
Major General Forrest

Confederate cavalry, commanded by Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, faced over 7,000 cavalry under the command of Brig. Gen. William Sooy Smith and defeated them at Okolona, causing 100 casualties for the loss of 50.

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.