This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his forces were closing in on the vital rail nexus at Meridian, Miss. Sherman had had his eyes on Meridian as a key juncture, hoping to take an important Confederate supply line and possibly head deep into Alabama.
But fierce fighting erupted on Feb. 14, 1864, before Sherman's forces prevailed. The Union troops overran Meridian and began ripping up the train tracks. That destructive work by Union fighers continued for days until the 19th. Sherman ultimately was unable to continue his hoped-for advance into Alabama. In search of Confederate forces, Sherman withdrew his forces from Meridian and eventually returned to Vicksburg, Miss.