Category Archives: S. B. Buckner

September 7, 1863: Halleck and Rosecrans

A somewhat confusing exchange between Halleck and Rosecrans. Halleck tells him to join with Burnside; Rosecrans protests that he can’t stop Bragg and Johnston from getting together. Rosecrans is blaming Halleck for getting him into a precarious position, it appears. … Continue reading

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August 26, 1863: Bragg is fortifying

Braxton Bragg A couple of reports indicate that Bragg is fortifying south of Chattanooga, although apparently he’s spread pretty thin — from Knoxville to Rome, GA is over 150 miles. Rosecrans is still finding places to cross the Tennessee River. … Continue reading

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August 25, 1863: A lot of Yankees coming

Buckner reports to Bragg that Burnside is coming in force, along with a lot of cavalry, to join in Rosecrans’ move against east Tennessee. Official Records: KNOXVILLE, August 25, 1863. General MACKALL, Chief of Staff, Chattanooga: I met Tom this … Continue reading

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August 23, 1863: Buckner is ready, but outnumbered

Simon Bolivar Buckner is preparing to meet Burnside’s assault, but even when he discounts the reports, he knows Burnside has him outnumbered pretty badly. Official Records: KNOXVILLE, August 23, 1863. General MACKALL, Chief of Staff, Chattanooga: Use old key. My … Continue reading

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August 22, 1863: Is Johnston coming to help Bragg?

Joe Johnston ******************************** One great thing about the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion is that they contain dispatches from both sides; there are probably very few wars in which such a resource is available in one convenient … Continue reading

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August 21, 1863: Buckner’s not happy

General Buckner is getting worried; he’s the primary defense of east Tennessee, and Rosecrans is amassing a sizable force against him. He goes over Bragg’s head with an appeal to General Cooper, the Inspector-General of the Confederacy. Official Records: KNOXVILLE, … Continue reading

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August 19, 1863: Yankees are up to something in East Tennessee

S.B. Buckner General Buckner’s headquarters receives a message indicating that Burnside is making a move. Rosecrans’ concentration on Chattanooga is not going to pass unnoticed. This exchange, like many in the Official Records, is between two staff members rather than … Continue reading

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June 16, 1862: Exchanging Buckner, and refugees from Tennessee

“Pontiac”, the New York Times‘ Louisville correspondent, reports on the state of affairs in Kentucky. Simon Bolivar Buckner went south when Kentucky went for the Union, and he was in command at Fort Donelson when Grant ordered its “immediate and … Continue reading

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February 16, 1862: “Unconditional Surrender” Grant

After a fruitless and costly attempt to open an escape route for his troops, Floyd passed command of Fort Donelson to Pillow, who immediately dumped it on Buckner. Buckner had no choice but to surrender, and his exchange with Grant … Continue reading

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February 13, 1862: One last try to undercut Grant

Henry Halleck. Is it me, or does he look like Dick Cheney? Grant, with his forces facing Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River, knew what he was up against now. Originally thinking he could take Donelson in a day after … Continue reading

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