Category Archives: Don Carlos Buell

October 7, 1862: Rebels may resist at Perryville

George Thomas’ troops are in serious need of supplies, especially water. There’s water at Perryville, but they know that rebel troops are there. Good chance of a battle coming up. Official record: HAYESVILLE, October 7, 1862-6 p.m. Major-General BUELL: About … Continue reading

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October 6, 1862: Buell sends McCook to Perryville

Alexander McCook Buell here orders General McCook to move to Perryville, Kentucky. As the appended note states, Hardee’s troops were headed there as well, and the two forces would meet in a couple of days. Official Record OCTOBER 6, 1862-11.30 … Continue reading

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October 5, 1862: Where are the rebels?

Union troops are concentrated in Kentucky, but where are the rebels headed? Where’s Hardee? There’s considerable confusion. HEADQUARTERS, Bloomfield, Ky., October 5, 1862. General THOMAS: My cavalry have occupied Chaplin, on Beech Fork, since daylight. They report Hardee encamped 6 … Continue reading

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October 2, 1862: Buell arrests Gen. Davis

General Jeff. C. Davis, having killed “Bull” Nelson, is put under arrest by Buell, who reported the incident to Halleck. FLOYD’S FORK, KY., Via Louisville, October 3, 1862. (Received 6.20 p.m.) General H. W. HALLECK: Brigadier-General Davis is under arrest … Continue reading

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September 29, 1862: Buell fired! Or not?

Remember the dispatches that Halleck sent for Buell and Thomas? The ones he later told McKibbin not to deliver? McKibbin delivered them, relieving Buell of command and transferring it to Thomas. But as we see here, Halleck quickly countermanded that … Continue reading

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September 28, 1862: Buell should crush Bragg

The New York Times sees a silver lining in the tough situation in Kentucky. Buell’s got a huge army there now, and they should be able to destroy Bragg’s army before the Confederates can withdraw back southward. KENTUCKY THE WORK … Continue reading

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September 27, 1862: Hang onto those dispatches!

Remember those dispatches Halleck sent for Buell? The ones Colonel McKibbin was not to deliver if Buell won a battle, or if George Thomas wasn’t around? Halleck tells McKibbin to hold off delivering them. Official Record: WASHINGTON, D. C., September … Continue reading

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September 24, 1862: Guess what’s in these dispatches for Buell

Let’s see. Halleck says that if Buell’s won a battle, don’t deliver the dispatches. If Thomas isn’t handy, don’t deliver the dispatches. All very hush-hush. Any guesses as to what these dispatches might say to Buell? Official Record WASHINGTON, September … Continue reading

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September 21, 1862: Buell still chasing Bragg toward Louisville.

Bragg, having taken Munfordville, has an open road to Louisville. Is he headed there, or what? Buell thinks so, and is in pursuit, following Bragg northward. Official Record: IN THE FIELD, September 21, 1862. General GILBERT, Louisville: It is just … Continue reading

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September 20, 1862: Buell, get a move on!

Halleck urges Buell to move fast, a somewhat forlorn hope. Buell is already late. Official Record: By command of Major-General Halleck: E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General. WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 20, 1862. Major-General BUELL, Kentucky: Your telegram of the 14th … Continue reading

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