Category Archives: John C. Breckinridge

April 27, 1865: Times blames Breckinridge

The New York Times credits the “arch-traitor” John C. Breckinridge with duping Sherman into signing the first surrender agreement with Johnston. Probably not a view that Sherman’s going to like much. SHERMAN AND BRECKINRIDGE. Published: April 27, 1865 — The … Continue reading

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April 21, 1865: Sherman’s agreement with Johnston rejected

The New York Times reports that Sherman’s agreement with Johnston was rejected by the President and cabinet in Washington. They sent him Lincoln’s instructions to Grant from March to use as a guide for the surrender renegotiations. A dispatch from … Continue reading

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April 20, 1865: Sherman’s mistake — beaten by Breckinridge

The New York Times runs a story from the Cincinnati Commercial about the terms of Johnston’s surrender. The Commercial’s correspondent blames it on Confederate Secretary of War John Cabell Breckinridge: “Gen. SHERMAN, we fear, has made a very grave mistake, … Continue reading

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April 16, 1865: Working out a meeting

John Cabell Breckinridge ****************************************** Johnston is trying to arrange a meeting with Confederate secretary of war Breckinridge, while Sherman is waiting to hear back from Johnston. Official Records: GREENSBOROUGH, April 16, 1865. General J. C. BRECKINRDIGE: Your immediate presence is … Continue reading

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September 22, 1863: News from Chickamauga

John Bell Hood ************************************* The Richmond Daily Dispatch at last gets some news of the Battle of Chickamauga, but it’s not terribly accurate. The Union army was not formed up on Missionary Ridge on Monday, but escaping back to Chattanooga. … Continue reading

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September 6, 1863: Sheridan says Bragg is retreating

Nobody on the Union side seems to believe that Bragg is going to use his pontoon bridge to attack across the Tennessee. Rather, Sheridan and Hazen both are convinced he’s headed south to Atlanta. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, TWENTIETH … Continue reading

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March 17, 1863: Mrs. Breckinridge’s flag

Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge, wife of John Cabell Breckinridge, made a flag from her wedding dress for the 20th Tennessee. Reprinted in the Nashville Dispatch: NASHVILLE DISPATCH, March 17, 1863, p. 1, c. 4 A Flag for a Tennessee Regiment. … Continue reading

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September 23, 1862: Breckinridge expected in Kentucky

Rumors had it that John Cabell Breckinridge was coming to his home state as part of Bragg’s invasion. Such a visit might spark enlistments to the Confederate cause, as Breckinridge was a favorite son. Official Record: BOWLING GREEN, [September] 23, … Continue reading

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September 9, 1862: Kentucky’s capital lost

The New York Times editor laments the loss of Frankfort, and expects that anti-Unionist outrages will likely ensue But maybe it’ll arouse some Union ire. He predicts the confederates will install John C. Breckinridge as military governor, which isn’t a … Continue reading

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May 20, 1862: Beauregard plans a counterattack

Beauregard, in a pencil-written note, lays out a plan for a sortie to disrupt the siege of Corinth. I can’t find any evidence that this plan was ever put into action, though. Within ten days they’d abandon the town. From … Continue reading

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