Category Archives: Ambrose E. Burnside

December 18, 1863: Sherman’s thanks

Sherman thanks Generals Jeff C. Davis and Howard for their service in the mission to relieve Burnside. As he says to Howard, he’s not a flatterer, but he recognizes good work. Official Records: HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, … Continue reading

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December 5, 1863: Sherman’s done his job.

Sherman’s move on Knoxville has had its intended effect, and he is directing his various commands into positions to await the next move. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Maryville, Tennessee, December 5, 1863. Maj. General GORDON GRANGER, Commanding … Continue reading

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December 4, 1863: Burnside holding out well

General Foster congratulates Burnside on his defense of Knoxville. Official Records: TAZEWELL, Tennessee, December 4, 1863-10.15 a. m. (Received 3.30 p. m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief: The enemy’s cavalry retired yesterday toward Knoxville, closely followed by our cavalry. … Continue reading

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December 2, 1863: Longstreet repulsed

While Sherman is hurrying up from Chattanooga with reinforcements for Burnside, it appears that Burnside is actually not in much danger. He’s entrenched, and Longstreet’s attack on his lines was unsuccessful. Official Records: TAZEWELL, December 2, 1863-7.30 a. m. (Received … Continue reading

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December 1, 1863: Grant has an idea for Sherman

While this isn’t exactly how it worked out in the long run, Grant’s suggestion to Sherman is the germ of a very famous expedition. Meanwhile, in any case, Sherman still needs to reinforce Burnside. Official Records: CHATTANOOGA, December 1, 1863. … Continue reading

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November 30, 1863: Howard repairing bridges

Maj. Gen. O. O.Howard ******************************************************** General Howard is preparing the way for Sherman’s troops as they move northeast toward Knoxville. The rebel cavalry are impeding progress as best they can, here by damaging the bridges. It’s only a minor setback. … Continue reading

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November 29, 1863: Sherman heads for Knoxville

Longstreet appears to be besieging Burnside, lacking the strength for an attack. Grant sends Sherman to relieve Burnside, and tells him that he’s in charge of all the troops headed that way, and that he won’t bother him with overly … Continue reading

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November 16, 1863: Sherman is expected soon

Halleck is worried about Burnside, with Longstreet heading up to attack him. Grant reassures him that Sherman is almost there, and will be heading for the north end of Missionary Ridge to cut him off. And Sherman is feeling so … Continue reading

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November 15, 1863: The plan for Sherman

An excerpt from Sherman’s after-action report. Sherman preceded his troops into Chattanooga at Grant’s order, and went with Grant to view the terrain. His assignment was to secure the north end of Missionary Ridge, leaving some troops to help take … 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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