Tusculum College Library Director Myron “Jack” Smith, Jr. has published an article in the March 2011 issue of “North & South,” the magazine of the Civil War Society. “Interdicting the Mississippi” tells the story of how Union vessels, passing through a series of river bends near Greenville, Miss., in May-June 1864, were interdicted by Confederate horse-drawn artillery in a series of rapid attacks.
In this time, the gray-clad cavalrymen fought 21 Northern vessels, of which five gunboats were sunk or badly damaged, five transports were damaged, one was sunk, two were boarded and seized and two others were captured and burned. It took an entire division of Yankee troops to drive off the enterprising Colonel Colton Greene of South Carolina, whose tactics were later adopted by the likes of John Marmaduke, Jo Shelby, and in Tennessee, Nathan Bedford Forrest.
After the war, Greene became an insurance executive and banker in Memphis. Active in civic affairs, the one-time terror of the Mississippi was a founder of the Memphis Public Library.
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