Hill | Co H
| 8th Ky Colored Heavy Artillery
Lewis Hopson | Co D | 8th Ky Colored Heavy Artillery Reg't
Ned Hopson | Co D | 8th Ky Colored Heavy Artillery Reg't
Organized at Paducah, Ky., April 26, 1864. Attached to Paducah, Ky.,
District of Columbus, Ky., 16th Corps, Dept of the Tennessee, 1864.
Dept. of the Ohio to February 1865.
Garrison duty at Paducah, Ky., till February 1866. Operations against
Forest in Kentucky March 16 to April 14, 1864. Action at Fort Anderson; Paducah, Ky., March 25, 1864. Expedition from Paducah, Ky
to Haddix Ferry, July 26-27, 1864. Skirmish near Haddix Ferry Aughust
27, 1864. Mustered out February 10, 1865.
Campaign: Forrest's Expedition into West Tennessee and Kentucky (1864)
Date: March 25, 1864
Principal Commanders: Col. Stephen g. Hicks and Lt. Cdr., James W. Shirk
(US); May. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest (CS)
Estimated Casualities: 140 total (US 90; CS 50).
Description: In March 1864, Forrest set out from Columbus, MS, with a force of less than 3, 000 men on a multi purpose expedition ( recruit, rout,
disperse Yankees, etc.) into West Tennessee and Kentucky. Forrest arrived in Paducah on March 25 and quickly occupied the town. The Union garrison of 650 men under Col. Stephen G. Hicks retired to Fort Anderson,
in the town's west end. Hicks had support from two gunboats on the Ohio
River and refused to surrender, while shelling the area with artillery. Most of
Forrest'ts command destroyed unwanted supplies, loaded that they wanted'
and rounded up horses and mules. A small segment of Forrest's command assaulted Fort Anderson and was repulsed, suffering heavy causalities. Soon afterwards, Forrest's men withdrew. In reporting the raid on the town, many newspapers stated that Forrest had not found more than a hundred fine horses hidden during the raid. As a result, one of Forrest subordinate officers led a force back into Paducah in mid-April and seized the infamous horses. although this was a Confederate victory, other than the destruction of supplies and capture of animals, no lasting results occurred. It did, however, warn the Federals that Forrest, or someone like him, could strike anywhere at anytime.
Results: Confederate victory. SOURCE: CWSAC Reference# KY 010