Category Archives: Tennessee

December 19, 1864: Richmond Dispatch on Hood’s defeat

The Richmond Daily Dispatch seems to be getting a bit downhearted. In this editorial comment, in the space of a few sentences they say that reports of Hood’s defeat at Nashville are not true, that Hood was really just heading … Continue reading

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December 16, 1864: Second day at Nashville

Even the President sent his congratulations to Thomas after his first day’s battle at Nashville, admonishing him to follow up on the success. Thomas continues to drive Hood’s routed army, taking more prisoners and guns. His estimate of his casualties … Continue reading

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December 15, 1864: Battle of Nashville

From Sherman’s official report: After making communications to those officers, and a short communication to the War Department, I returned to Fort McAllister that night, and before daylight was overtaken by Major Strong, of General Foster’s staff, advising me that … Continue reading

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December 6, 1864: Hood moving on Nashville

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Yankees are trembling at the approach of Hood. Hood’s advance on Nashville. We are still, and may be some days, without direct intelligence from General Hood. In the meantime, we hear from him … Continue reading

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December 5, 1864: Franklin, big victory for the South

“There are no tanks in Baghdad!” ****************************************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch, of course, sees the battle of Franklin as a Confederate victory. Even though Hood lost over 6000 irreplaceable troops at the cost of about 2000 Union losses. Hood’s advance … Continue reading

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November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin

Schofield was fortified in the town of Franklin, TN, about 16 miles south of Nashville, when Hood attacked with two corps. While the opposing forces were of about equal strength, approximately 25,000, Hood suffered three times as many casualties as … Continue reading

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November 3, 1864: Sherman plans for Beauregard to “burst with French despair”.

Pierre G.T. Beauregard ********************************************** Sherman tells Halleck that he’s trying to disencumber himself of all the stuff people have accumulated, in preparation for his march. He proposes that Thomas push up the Tennessee while Canby uses the Alabama River, and … Continue reading

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November 2, 1864: Sherman’s convinced Grant

Sherman’s and Grant’s messages from yesterday crossed in transit, apparently, and Grant is now convinced that Thomas has enough strength to take care of Hood. Grant gives his consent for Sherman to make the march. Official Records: CITY POINT, VA., … Continue reading

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November 1, 1864: Grant to Sherman — shouldn’t you get Hood first?

Grant suggests to Sherman that maybe he should take care of Hood before heading south, but Sherman isn’t having any. He knows that Hood would just retreat westward, and it would waste Sherman’s efforts so far. He’s determined to head … Continue reading

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October 31, 1864: What supplies can’t be got we must do without.

Official Records 79:530 Sherman and his quartermaster discuss the logistics of the simultaneous movement of the Army of the Ohio and of surplus supplies north to Nashville. Sherman says to move the troops. ATLANTA, October 31, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN: Your … Continue reading

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