Category Archives: William Rosecrans

October 29, 1864: Smashing things generally

Beauregard has taken charge of the western rebel operations, and Sherman is making sure that Thomas has the resources to defend Tennessee against him. But Sherman isn’t going north — ” I propose myself to push straight down into the … Continue reading

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April 10, 1864: Need troops at Poplar Bluff

The Eleven Point River in southern Missouri ********************************* Just as a change of pace, a little news of affairs in extreme southern Missouri, where rebel guerrilla forces were causing constant problems for Union loyalists. The Unionists in the area petitioned … Continue reading

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October 27, 1863: Taking Raccoon Mountain

Hooker is apparently not a team player with Grant any more than he was with Rosecrans. Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War. BRIDGEPORT, October 27, 1863-6.30 a.m. Troops are now just moving out for Shellmound and Raccoon Mountain. No … Continue reading

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October 26, 1863: Rebels hear of the replacement of Rosecrans

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on the dismissal of Rosecrans. There are some other replacements rumored as well. The removal of Rosecrans — Government opinion of his cowardice — Meade to follow suit — Dahlgren reported removed. The most prominent … Continue reading

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October 22, 1863: That traitor Thomas

An item in the Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on Gen. Thomas, a “traitor” to his state. They don’t yet know that he’s in command of what was Rosecrans’ army. Major-Gen. Geo. H. Thomas. –It has been already stated that this … Continue reading

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October 20, 1863: Rosecrans turns over command

Rosecrans is relieved, and Thomas takes over the Army of the Cumberland. Official Records: CHATTANOOGA, October 20, 1863. Captain J. BATES DICKSON, Assistant Adjutant-General. General Rosecrans turned over command to General Thomas last night, and started this a.m. northward. All … Continue reading

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October 19, 1863: Sherman takes over Grant’s Army of the Tennessee

Grant had been given command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, comprising the Armies of the Tennessee, the Cumberland (formerly Rosecrans’, now superseded by Thomas), and the Ohio (Burnside). He now needed a commander to take his old position … Continue reading

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October 18, 1863: Crossing dispatches

There seems to be a bit of confusion as Rosecrans is being relieved. While Grant’s adjutant is issuing the order for Thomas to take over the Army of the Cumberland from Rosecrans, Halleck is directing Rosecrans to attack the rebels … Continue reading

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October 17, 1863: Rosecrans blissfully unaware

Rosecrans has been relieved as of yesterday, but apparently he doesn’t know it yet. He’s trying to organize Sherman and Hooker’s reinforcements. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 17, 1863-10 p.m. Major-General HOOKER: If the enemy should … Continue reading

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October 16, 1863: Grant gets his orders

Well, after all Sherman’s foreshadowing, adumbration, presagifying, and auguring, Grant finally got the orders from the President putting him in charge of essentially all the Union land forces between the Appalachians and the Mississippi. He gets to choose between Rosecrans … Continue reading

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