Category Archives: Lew Wallace

September 10, 1862: Where’s Bragg (redux)?

Braxton Bragg As we saw earlier, Lincoln was quite concerned about the possibility that Bragg might have crossed the Cumberlands and be reinforcing Confederate forces in Virginia. After sending out a flurry of telegrams, he started getting some responses. Firstly, … Continue reading

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September 6, 1862: Lew Wallace takes charge

Lew Wallace was in charge of the troops in Cincinnati, but the action had all moved across the Ohio into Kentucky. Wallace got the call to take command of the troops in Kentucky. From the Official Record: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF … Continue reading

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August 23, 1862: Nelson’s not in charge after all

Horatio G. Wright We saw a few days ago that Buell had selected “Bull” Nelson to lead the defense of Kentucky against the rebel invaders. It appears something went wrong with his plan, as Halleck had sent Major-General Wright to … Continue reading

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May 3, 1862: Planters in Purdy ask Wallace for help

Lew Wallace took Purdy, TN on May 2. He was met there by planters from Bolivar, TN, another 30 miles to the west, who wanted Wallace to save their cotton. The Confederate policy was to burn cotton in areas that … Continue reading

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May 2, 1862: Lew Wallace takes Purdy, TN

Lew Wallace The Confederates from Corinth were threatening Purdy, a town northwest of Shiloh; Grant ordered Lew Wallace to send out cavalry, who wound up taking the town easily. From the Official Record: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, In Field, … Continue reading

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March 18, 1862: Setting the stage for Shiloh

Lew Wallace (cross your eyes just right and you can see him in 3D) Grant reports the disposition of troops at Pittsburg Landing. Lew Wallace (later famed as the author of Ben Hur) has a division downstream, right across the … Continue reading

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