Category Archives: Kentucky

October 15, 1862: An overview of the Western situation

Buell. Would he be faster in 3D? A correspondent for the New York Times gives a pretty rosy view of the outcome of the summer and fall campaigns in the west. Bragg is routed, Van Dorn and Price are beaten, … Continue reading

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October 15, 1862: Rebels on the run from Kentucky

Reports continue to come in about the departure of Bragg’s troops from Kentucky. The defeats at Corinth, MS and Perryville, KY leave the Confederates in a precarious position throughout the southwest. Persistent rumors about the deaths of Bragg and Cheatham … Continue reading

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October 14, 1862: The New York Times on Beauregard’s lost opportunity

Beauregard The New York Times reports on the plans that Beauregard had for Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky. It could have been a crippling blow to the Union cause, but despite Buell’s slowness, Bragg wasn’t able to pull it off. This … Continue reading

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October 12, 1862: Onward in the Southwest

The New York Times predicts victory in the southwest, and enumerates the North’s advantage. The Onward Movement in the Southwest. Published: October 12, 1862 The Southwestern States have fairly begun work, after the long rest they have had during the … Continue reading

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October 11, 1862: The Times — “we told you so”

The New York Times cites its prediction of the battle of Perryville, and exhorts Buell on to victory. THE WAR IN KENTUCKY A PROPHECY AND ITS FULFILLMENT. Published: October 11, 1862 On Sunday last, nearly one week ago, before Gen. … Continue reading

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October 8, 1862: Battle of Perryville

The New York Times reported the battle of Perryville via Buell’s official report. Buell doesn’t make an estimate of the casualties; in fact Union casualties were higher than the rebels’, and all told the battle had the highest casualty rate … Continue reading

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October 7, 1862: Rebels may resist at Perryville

George Thomas’ troops are in serious need of supplies, especially water. There’s water at Perryville, but they know that rebel troops are there. Good chance of a battle coming up. Official record: HAYESVILLE, October 7, 1862-6 p.m. Major-General BUELL: About … Continue reading

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October 6, 1862: Buell sends McCook to Perryville

Alexander McCook Buell here orders General McCook to move to Perryville, Kentucky. As the appended note states, Hardee’s troops were headed there as well, and the two forces would meet in a couple of days. Official Record OCTOBER 6, 1862-11.30 … Continue reading

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October 5, 1862: Where are the rebels?

Union troops are concentrated in Kentucky, but where are the rebels headed? Where’s Hardee? There’s considerable confusion. HEADQUARTERS, Bloomfield, Ky., October 5, 1862. General THOMAS: My cavalry have occupied Chaplin, on Beech Fork, since daylight. They report Hardee encamped 6 … Continue reading

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September 29, 1862: Death of “Bull” Nelson

The New York Times reports the death of William “Bull” Nelson and gives a short biography. In Louisville, Nelson dismissed general Davis from his command; in the ensuing quarrel he slapped Davis, who avenged the insult with a pistol. The … Continue reading

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