Category Archives: Tennessee

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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December 7, 1863: On to Mobile!

Grant has been itching to take Mobile ever since Vicksburg fell. He sees little hope of doing anything from his current position at Chattanooga, especially in the winter, and now he appeals to Halleck yet again to let him take … Continue reading

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December 6, 1863: Longstreet retreating

Sherman’s troops have arrived in the Knoxville area, and all the signs indicate that Longstreet is retreating. TAZEWELL, Tennessee, December 6, 1863-9.20 a.m. (Received 8 p.m.) Major Gen. H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief: After the repulse of the enemy’s cavalry at … Continue reading

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December 5, 1863: Sherman’s done his job.

Sherman’s move on Knoxville has had its intended effect, and he is directing his various commands into positions to await the next move. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Maryville, Tennessee, December 5, 1863. Maj. General GORDON GRANGER, Commanding … Continue reading

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December 4, 1863: Burnside holding out well

General Foster congratulates Burnside on his defense of Knoxville. Official Records: TAZEWELL, Tennessee, December 4, 1863-10.15 a. m. (Received 3.30 p. m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief: The enemy’s cavalry retired yesterday toward Knoxville, closely followed by our cavalry. … Continue reading

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December 3, 1863: No help from Meade

George Meade *********************************** Grant, as always, is not content to win territory; he wants to destroy Longstreet’s army, but unfortunately he has a line of retreat open through West Virginia. Halleck sounds a bit disgusted with General Meade for allowing … Continue reading

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