Category Archives: Chattanooga

October 22, 1864: Sherman’s supplies

The rebels are sending significant forces after Sherman’s communications, to besiege him in Atlanta. Meanwhile, supplies are accumulating in Chattanooga, and Sherman is preparing to stock up and cast loose. Official Records 79:401. WASHINGTON, October 22, 1864 – 4 p. … Continue reading

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January 24, 1864: Grant wants Longstreet out of Tennessee

James Longstreet J. G. Foster ********************************************* My impression is that Grant wasn’t really convinced by Halleck’s concerns over sending troops out of Tennessee, but he took it seriously enough to want to get rid of Longstreet permanently. He orders troops … Continue reading

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December 27, 1863: Johnston takes command

Having lost Chattanooga, Bragg is out; Johnston is in. Richmond Daily Dispatch: The army of Tennessee. Dalton, Dec.27. –Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and staff arrived here last evening. To day he issued an order assuming command of the Army of … Continue reading

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December 7, 1863: On to Mobile!

Grant has been itching to take Mobile ever since Vicksburg fell. He sees little hope of doing anything from his current position at Chattanooga, especially in the winter, and now he appeals to Halleck yet again to let him take … 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 28, 1863: Mopping up

Grant continues to capitalize on his Chattanooga victory by sending Sherman northeast to support Burnside, while having Hooker cover Sherman’s flank and destroy whatever he can in Georgia. Official Records: GRAYSVILLE, GA., November 28, 1863. Major General JOSEPH HOOKER, Commanding … Continue reading

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November 27, 1863: Taking Ringgold

Grant follows up on his victory at Chattanooga by pursuing Bragg into Georgia. Hooker takes Ringgold, Georgia, freeing Sherman to reinforce Burnside. Official Records: RINGGOLD, GA., November 27, 1863-12.30 p.m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Army of the Tennessee: GENERAL: Hooker has … Continue reading

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November 26, 1863: Pursuing the enemy

Grant follows up on his victory at Chattanooga by sending troops in pursuit of the retreating Bragg. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Chattanooga, November 26, 1863. Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Commanding Army of … Continue reading

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November 25, 1863: Conclusion of the battle

View from Lookout Mountain Grant’s report gives Hooker’s famous “Battle Above the Clouds” exactly one clause. Grant was disgusted by the romanticizing of the battle, as he notes in his memoirs. Meanwhile, Thomas was ordered to take the rifle pits … Continue reading

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November 24, 1863: Union moves forward.

Thomas having secured Orchard Knob the night before, on the morning of the 24th Grant unleashed a coordinated attack on the whole length of the rebel front. Sherman took the north end of Missionary Ridge (though he would discover later … Continue reading

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