Category Archives: Kirby Smith

September 19, 1862: Buell’s pursuing Bragg

Don Carlos Buell Nelson is holding Louisville, but fears that Bragg will overpower him. Will Bragg head straight north to Louisville, or northeast to join Kirby Smith at Frankfort? Or will Smith come west to join him at Louisville? Buell’s … Continue reading

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September 15, 1862: Kirby Smith in a tight spot

Edmund Kirby Smith And speaking of being in a tight spot: ******************************************************************* While Buell, Boyle, and Wright were sweating bullets on the Union side, Kirby Smith was having some worries of his own. The concentration of forces at Cincinnati bothered … Continue reading

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September 14, 1862: Buell heads for Kentucky

Buell finally decided to move his entire force up to Kentucky, except for a division holding Nashville. With Bragg threatening a junction with Kirby Smith in Kentucky, the only hope of holding Nashville was to defeat them up north. Basically,l … Continue reading

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September 13, 1862: Thomas, get to Bowling Green

George Thomas *************************************************************** Bragg and Kirby Smith are about to unite their forces in Kentucky, and Buell is desperate to stop them. If they can’t stop Bragg, they’ll have to abandon Nashville, first Confederate capital to fall to the Union. … Continue reading

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September 12, 1862: Where’s Buell?

J.T. Boyle, Union military governor of Kentucky, was appealing to Lincoln to get H.G. Wright to send him troops in Louisville. Buell didn’t want to undercut Wright, but he wondered why Buell couldn’t help out. Boyle replies that Buell is … Continue reading

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September 11, 1862: Hey, Buell — send help!

Horatio Wright is looking at Kirby Smith threatening Cincinnati, and he’d like to have some help. Here he appeals to Buell. Official Record: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO, September 11, 1862. Major-General BUELL, Bowling Green, Ky.: Kirby Smith is in … Continue reading

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May 1, 1862: Morgan reports from the Cumberland

George Morgan We saw yesterday that Kirby Smith was calling for reinforcements at the Cumberland Gap. Here, on the other side, George Morgan reports on his situation attacking Smith’s forces. From the Official Record: HDQRS. SEVENTH DIVISION, ARMY OF THE … Continue reading

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April 30, 1862: Union forces attack Cumberland Gap

General Kirby Smith Union forces under George Morgan attacked the Cumberland Gap, the main route connecting Virginia with the west. Here Confederate general Kirby Smith orders reinforcements to oppose them. From the official record: KNOXVILLE, TENN., April 30, 1862. GENERAL: … Continue reading

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