Category Archives: Tennessee

June 14, 1864: Sherman wants to stop Forrest

Sherman is astonished that Sturgis could have been defeated by Forrest, and he’s sent A.J. Smith to help. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, June 14, 1864 – 12 m. Major-General SHERMAN: We have just received from General Washburn report of battle … Continue reading

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June 12, 1864: Keeping Forrest busy

Sherman hasn’t heard yet about Forrest’s defeat of Sturgis on June 10. He wants the cavalry in Tennessee to keep Forrest off his supply lines, and he won’t be pleased when he hears the news. Official Records: HDQRS, MILITARY DIVISION … Continue reading

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May 6, 1864: Howard’s corps to Tunnel Hill

Sherman is securing the routes southward. Thomas orders Gen. Howard to Tunnel Hill, to hold the railroad tunnel there. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Ringgold, Ga., May 6, 1864. Major General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Fourth Army Corps, … Continue reading

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May 5, 1864: Congressional report on Fort Pillow

A joint House/Senate subcommittee investigated the events at Fort Pillow, and reported their findings on May 5, 1864. They found, as we have heard previously, that Forrest’s troops killed soldiers who had surrendered, as well as women and children sheltering … Continue reading

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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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