Category Archives: Tennessee

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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January 17, 1864: You sure, Grant?

It appears this letter from Halleck may have passed Grant’s letter of January 15 in the mail, as Grant has already told Halleck that he wants Sherman to move on Selma and Meridian. Halleck is concerned because many troops are … Continue reading

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January 15, 1864: Grant’s plans

Grant writes to Halleck to discuss broad plans. Johnston wasn’t the only one with supply problems in east Tennessee. Grant reports that there’s no use sending reinforcements there, because they’d just starve. Meanwhile, Sherman’s taking troops down to Mississippi to … Continue reading

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January 11, 1864: Johnston’s supply problems

The Richmond Daily Dispatch prints a rather revealing bit of a personal letter from Johnston. His troops in East Tennessee lack some necessities. He’s aksing for private help from the citizens. Gen. Johnston’s army. –The following is an extract from … Continue reading

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January 10, 1864: Sherman to McPherson — time to strike inland

Gen. James B. McPherson ***************************************** While the Mississippi river was secured for navigation after the fall of Vicksburg, the departure of most of the Army of the Tennessee for Chattanooga had left the state of Mississippi in a precarious way. … Continue reading

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January 5, 1864: Atrocities in Tennessee

The Richmond Daily Dispatch deplores the way the Yankees are behaving in Tennessee. It’s hard to know whether the behavior of Captain Blackburn is exaggerated, but the account of the behavior of freed blacks is fraught with some difficulties. The … Continue reading

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