From May through July of this same year another well-known battle of the Civil War, The Siege of Vicksburg was taking place under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant. Fearing that Bragg might send reinforcements to break the siege, Union leaders urged an attack by Rosecrans to keep Bragg occupied. So on June 24th Rosecrans sent his troops to break the Confederate line and after two days of hard fighting Bragg was forced to pull his forces and fall back to Tullahoma.
This cemetery also contains a monument commemorating the unknown soldiers who died in this skirmish as well as one of the most controversial figures of the entire Civil War. On one end of the cemetery, there stands General Forrest's Farewell Order Memorial which is inscribed with some of the words from his address to his troops following his surrender. Forrest and his men were the last Confederate soldiers east of the Mississippi River to lay down their arms. Forrest himself has been a polarizing figure of the Civil War not only for what he did during the war but as well as the legacy he created in the years after. His war crimes included the execution of surrendered African-American Union soldiers at Fort Pillow in Memphis, TN. His lasting legacy, though, would be his association with the Ku Klux Klan as one of it most prominent members, and first Grand Wizard, in the early years after the war. To his credit, as acting Grand Wizard Forrest dissolved the Klan and distanced himself from its members in 1869 and even gave a small speech promoting racial brotherhood to a group of African-Americans in 1875.