Category Archives: Henry Halleck

December 15, 1863: Lieutenant-General?

A little foreshadowing here. Yes, that’s a third star on his shoulder. The New York Times discusses the proposal to revive the grade of Lieutenant-General of the army. Washington was the first to hold this rank; Winfield Scott was brevetted … Continue reading

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December 10, 1863: Trying to stop Longstreet’s retreat

Grant informs Burnside that Meade didn’t cut the railroad. Official Records: CHATTANOOGA, December 10, 1863. Major General A. E. BURNSIDE, Knoxville, Tennessee: I telegraphed General Halleck twice whilst you were besieged, asking to have General Kelley sent through to cut … Continue reading

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December 8, 1863: Sherman, don’t leave east Tennessee yet

Sherman’s advance has forced Longstreet to retreat from Knoxville, but Grant’s concerned that he might return with reinforcements. Grant advises Sherman to hang around a while, and promises to supply him in the meantime. Official Record: KNOXVILLE, December 8, 1863. … 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 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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November 17, 1863: Halleck: Hold on to Corinth

Sherman is on record saying that Corinth ought to be abandoned; Halleck writes to caution him that it has strategic importance. Official Records: WASHINGTON, D. C., November 17, 1863-2.45 p.m. Major-General SHERMAN, Chattanooga, Tennessee: If you can be supplied by … Continue reading

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November 14, 1863: Hold on, Burnside.

Halleck is worried Burnside will lose his nerve and retreat. As we’ve seen, Longstreet’s actually in no shape to attack, but the Union doesn’t know that. Grant asks Burnside to hold on for a week while Sherman brings up his … Continue reading

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November 9, 1863: Supplies for Sherman

Sherman is struggling to move his troops to Chattanooga. He asks for horseshoes. Official Records: WINCHESTER, Tennessee, November 9, 1863. Major-General GRANT: Have just received a dispatch from General Sherman, dated Fayetteville, Tennessee, November 7,8 a.m. The substance of his … Continue reading

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October 18, 1863: Crossing dispatches

There seems to be a bit of confusion as Rosecrans is being relieved. While Grant’s adjutant is issuing the order for Thomas to take over the Army of the Cumberland from Rosecrans, Halleck is directing Rosecrans to attack the rebels … Continue reading

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