Category Archives: Leonidas Polk

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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August 24, 1863: Hindman tries to figure out what Bragg wants

Thomas Carmichael Hindman A very respectful exchange all around as Hindman tries to find out what the heck Bragg wants him to do. Hindman writes to T.M.Jack, Polk’s adjutant; Polk passes it on to Bragg; Bragg’s adjutant Brent replies, and … Continue reading

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September 17, 1862: Bragg takes Munfordville

Braxton Bragg Charles Champion Gilbert, whom Buell had appointed Major-General to replace Bull Nelson after his injury in the battle of Richmond, forwarded a Buell’s note to General Wright warning that Bragg was at or near Glasgow, KY. In fact, … Continue reading

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September 16, 1862: Bragg at Munfordville

Bragg’s army is investing Munfordville, 70 miles south of Louisville. It’s what Buell was afraid of. Official Record HEADQUARTERS, Near Woodsonville, Ky., September 16, 1862-2 p.m. Major-General POLK, Commanding Right Wing, Army of the Miss., Munfordville, Ky.: DEAR GENERAL: Your … Continue reading

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May 20, 1862: Beauregard plans a counterattack

Beauregard, in a pencil-written note, lays out a plan for a sortie to disrupt the siege of Corinth. I can’t find any evidence that this plan was ever put into action, though. Within ten days they’d abandon the town. From … Continue reading

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April 3, 1862: Johnston’s orders for Shiloh

Johnston, commanding the concentration of Confederate troops at Corinth, decided it was better to attack than to wait for Grant and Buell to unite against him. He organized his troops into four corps, under Polk, Bragg, Hardee, and Breckinridge, and … Continue reading

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October 29, 1861: Grant and Polk correspond

U.S. Grant From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, Oct. 29, 1861: Exchange of prisoners — correspondence between Gens. Grant and Polk. The Cairo correspondent of the St. Louis Republican,writing on the 14th inst., says the following note was delivered to Gen. … Continue reading

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September 18, 1861: Southern reaction to the invasion of Kentucky

The Nashville American and theRichmond Daily Dispatch, not surprisingly, find that the Confederate invasion of Kentucky was justified, and decries the action of the legislature demanding their removal. As a corollary, they approved of Magoffin’s veto of the act. The … Continue reading

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September 9, 1861: Union public response to Confederate invasion of KY

A New York Times editorial gives their take on Pillow and Polk’s invasion of Kentucky. Kentucky Invaded by the Rebels. Published: September 9, 1861 It appears that the die is cast in Kentucky and that in spite of the earnest … Continue reading

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August 29, 1861: Pillow contemplates invading Kentucky

General Pillow, in a longish dispatch to Gen. Polk, argues that if he can’t take Cape Girardeau on the Missouri side of the river, the best way to block Mississippi traffic is to take Columbus, Kentucky. Of course, Kentucky being … Continue reading

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