Category Archives: Tennessee

October 29, 1864: Smashing things generally

Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his forces

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 27, 1864: Sherman pares down his ranks

Thomas needs troops to defend Tennessee in Sherman’s rear, and in any case Sherman has to have a highly mobile force for his planned march. Here Sherman sends the Fourth Corps to the rear, as well as other troops who … Continue reading

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October 22, 1864: Sherman’s supplies

The rebels are sending significant forces after Sherman’s communications, to besiege him in Atlanta. Meanwhile, supplies are accumulating in Chattanooga, and Sherman is preparing to stock up and cast loose. Official Records 79:401. WASHINGTON, October 22, 1864 – 4 p. … Continue reading

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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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