Category Archives: Tennessee

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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January 3, 1864: Fishing for deserters

Lincoln had issued a proclamation granting amnesty to any Confederate who would take the loyalty oath, and apparently the Union was circulating it as handbills in East Tennessee. Here Longstreet protests the Union propaganda campaign. Official Records: HDQRS. CONFEDERATE FORCES … Continue reading

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December 28, 1863: Johnston not too happy

Johnston, having just been put in command of the Army of Tennessee, complains in a rather passive-agressive note to Secretary of War Seddon that he has no control over his army’s supplies. He seems to be suggesting that Polk wants … Continue reading

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December 27, 1863: Johnston takes command

Having lost Chattanooga, Bragg is out; Johnston is in. Richmond Daily Dispatch: The army of Tennessee. Dalton, Dec.27. –Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and staff arrived here last evening. To day he issued an order assuming command of the Army of … Continue reading

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December 26, 1863: Drawing down forces in East Tennessee

Halleck and Grant agree that forces can be reduced in East Tennessee, and he can wait for spring for the next campaign. Official Records: WASHINGTON, D. C., December 26, 1863. Major-General GRANT, Nashville: GENERAL: Your letter of the 17th is … Continue reading

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December 23, 1863: Clearing out west Tennessee

Grant sets out to clear the guerrilla forces from western Tennessee, wanting to leave his theater secure before he heads for Mobile. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tennessee, December 23, 1863. Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief, Washington, … Continue reading

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