Category Archives: Tennessee

April 12, 1864: Fort Pillow

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s troops conducted an extended raid in western Kentucky and Tennessee starting in mid-March, 1864, and on April 12 they surrounded and captured Fort Pillow, 40 miles north of Memphis. The fort was defended largely by black Union … Continue reading

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April 3, 1864: Sherman to Porter — time to go after Forrest

Sherman has heard from Admiral Porter about the success (so far) of the Red River campaign, and he emphasizes that he wants his troops back. What with Forrest raiding Paducah, Sherman would like to move some forces up to the … Continue reading

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April 2, 1864: Desolation in Tennessee

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an account of the effects of war on Tennessee. The desolation in Tennessee. –A correspondent of the Boston Advertiser, who has been on a tour in Tennessee of an extensive and somewhat dangerous character, on … Continue reading

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March 5, 1864: Longstreet has a plan

The New York Times reprints an item from the Richmond Examiner, avowing that Longstreet’s retreat from East Tennessee is part of a mysterious plan. THE WAR IN EAST TENNESSEE.; LONGSTREETS MOVEMENT CAPTURE OF YANKEES. From the Richmond Examiner. It is … Continue reading

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February 27, 1864: More Southern women

A couple of items today in different papers on the spirit of Southern women. The first I couldn’t resist because it shows that bad puns have a really long history in the New Orleans Picayune (now Times-Picayune). In the second … Continue reading

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February 8, 1864: Yankees worried about East Tennessee

The Richmond Daily Dispatch is happy to see the Northern papers worried about Longstreet in East Tennessee. They’ve sent Sedgwick’s 6th corps to Knoxville, must be trouble. Position of Affairs in Tennessee. That the Yankee Administration is seriously alarmed by … Continue reading

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January 24, 1864: Grant wants Longstreet out of Tennessee

James Longstreet J. G. Foster ********************************************* My impression is that Grant wasn’t really convinced by Halleck’s concerns over sending troops out of Tennessee, but he took it seriously enough to want to get rid of Longstreet permanently. He orders troops … Continue reading

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January 21, 1864: Sherman’s horse died

This horse isn’t Duke, as the photo was taken later than this dispatch. Sherman wrote to Gen. Steele about the situation on the Mississippi; passage is uneventful now for Union boats. However, he has sad news, that his favorite horse, … Continue reading

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January 19, 1864: Grant to Thomas

Grant explains the situation to Thomas. There’s a temporary troop shortage, due to the Union veterans getting furloughs as a reward for reenlisting, and as we’ve seen, the South is now pressing every male from young teens to retirees into … Continue reading

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January 18, 1864: Grant, you’re worrying us

Now Halleck has heard from Grant about his plans. Grant can’t bring more troops to east Tennessee because there’s no way to supply them, and he’s sent Sherman with some of the troops to invade interior Mississippi. His plan is … Continue reading

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