Category Archives: Tennessee

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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December 19, 1863: Sherman’s plan for the Mississippi

Sherman is getting worried about the state of affairs back on the Mississippi. In the absence of his army, the rebels in northern Mississippi and west Tennessee are causing problems. He has a plan to take care of things, and … Continue reading

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December 18, 1863: Sherman’s thanks

Sherman thanks Generals Jeff C. Davis and Howard for their service in the mission to relieve Burnside. As he says to Howard, he’s not a flatterer, but he recognizes good work. Official Records: HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, … Continue reading

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December 17, 1863: Bragg’s Army could be revived.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch claims that Bragg’s army could be reestablished under a new commander, and both protect Georgia and invade Union Tennessee. Gen. Bragg’s army. It appears that the losses of Gen. Bragg’s army at the battle of Chickamauga, … Continue reading

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December 14, 1863: Hunter’s report on Grant

David Hunter reports to Secretary of War Stanton. First, he gives a glowing report of Grant’s character and ability — including a note calculated to assuage fears about his rumored alcoholism: “he only took two drinks during the three weeks … Continue reading

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December 9, 1863: Fighting over the freedmen

The slaves are free where the Union troops are in control, but they’re still not treated as free men. Here Grant mediates between commanders who want to press them into armed service and those who want them as laborers; I … Continue reading

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