Category Archives: Don Carlos Buell

September 2, 1863: Sherman to Buell: Quit whining.

Don Carlos Buell ***************************************** Buell was removed from command after the battle of Perryville. Sherman, informed that Buell is working on an extensive justification of his military career, urges him (via a mutual friend) to quit writing and get back … Continue reading

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November 17, 1862: Johnson on Buell

Union Governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson wrote a scathing letter to Lincoln criticizing Buell’s conduct of the Kentucky/Tennessee campaign. The New York Times got hold of it and published it here. Johnson’s views were apparently shared by Lincoln, as Buell … Continue reading

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October 24, 1862: Confederates threaten Nashville

The New York Times reprinted an editorial from Mississippi, rejoicing in Bragg’s advance northward, and predicting that he would soon retake Nashville. Buell is out of position, and Grant is threatened in Memphis, so the Grenada Appeal forecasts a siege … Continue reading

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October 23, 1862: Bragg’s getting reinforced and Grant is worried

As we’ve seen, Sherman and Grant had been corresponding about the rebel concentration at Holly Springs. Here Rosecrans warns that the Alabama veterans joining Bragg are worth worrying about. Grant goes on to notify Halleck that he thinks that trouble … Continue reading

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October 16, 1862: Buell fails to stop Bragg’s retreat

The New York Times describes the rebel escape from Kentucky. The editor doesn’t criticize Buell directly, but this campaign is not going to bring him much credit. In fact, he’ll be facing an inquest later. THE POSITION IN KENTUCKY Published: … Continue reading

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October 15, 1862: Rebels on the run from Kentucky

Reports continue to come in about the departure of Bragg’s troops from Kentucky. The defeats at Corinth, MS and Perryville, KY leave the Confederates in a precarious position throughout the southwest. Persistent rumors about the deaths of Bragg and Cheatham … Continue reading

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October 14, 1862: The New York Times on Beauregard’s lost opportunity

Beauregard The New York Times reports on the plans that Beauregard had for Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky. It could have been a crippling blow to the Union cause, but despite Buell’s slowness, Bragg wasn’t able to pull it off. This … Continue reading

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October 11, 1862: The Times — “we told you so”

The New York Times cites its prediction of the battle of Perryville, and exhorts Buell on to victory. THE WAR IN KENTUCKY A PROPHECY AND ITS FULFILLMENT. Published: October 11, 1862 On Sunday last, nearly one week ago, before Gen. … Continue reading

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October 10, 1862: Buell almost fired for being a “slow coach”

The New York Times correspondent reports on the whole snafu surrounding Halleck’s aborted orders to relieve Buell. The history of Gen. BUELL’s recent removal and sudden restoration to command never having appeared in connected sequence, I trust you may deem … Continue reading

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October 8, 1862: Battle of Perryville

The New York Times reported the battle of Perryville via Buell’s official report. Buell doesn’t make an estimate of the casualties; in fact Union casualties were higher than the rebels’, and all told the battle had the highest casualty rate … Continue reading

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