OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- 150 years ago today, Union troops put the torch to the city of Oxford.
Soldiers, acting under orders of General A. J. Smith, burned the courthouse, the town square and several homes.
One of the homes targeted belonged to Jacob Thompson, the Secretary of the Interior for the Confederate States of America.
No Confederate troops were in the city when the Union forces arrived.
The burning was apparently in retaliation to General Nathan Bedford Forrest's raid on Memphis the day before.