|Union Lt. Col. Edward Bloodgood held Brentwood, a station on the Nashville & Decatur Railroad,
with 400 men on the morning of March 25, 1863, when Confederate Brig. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest, with a
powerful column, approached the town. The day before, Forrest had ordered Col. J.W. Starnes, commanding the
2nd Brigade, to go to Brentwood, cut the telegraph, tear up railroad track, attack the stockade, and cut off any
retreat. Forrest and the other cavalry brigade joined Bloodgood about 7:00 am on the 25th. A messenger from the
stockade informed Bloodgood that Forrest’s men were about to attack and had destroyed railroad track.
Bloodgood sought to notify his superiors and discovered that the telegraph lines were cut. Forrest sent in a
demand for a surrender under a flag of truce but Bloodgood refused. Within a half hour, though, Forrest had
artillery in place to shell Bloodgood’s position and had surrounded the Federals with a large force. Bloodgood
decided to surrender. Forrest and his men caused a lot of damage in the area during this expedition, and
Brentwood, on the railroad, was a significant loss to the Federals.