Category Archives: Alexander McCook

September 14, 1863: Chickamauga Creek.

Alexander McCook ****************************** Some of Rosecrans’ troops have taken a position along a creek southeast of Chattanooga known as Chickamauga. McCook is on Lookout Mountain. Official Records: Journal of operations of the Fourteenth Army Corps. SEPTEMBER 14, 1863. General Reynolds … Continue reading

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September 13, 1863: D. H. Hill blames Bragg at La Fayette

D. H. Hill ********************* After the fact, the confederates tossed accusations back and forth. Whoever was at fault, clearly opportunities to defeat Rosecrans’ armies in detail were lost. D. H. Hill blames Bragg for failing to credit reports that McCook’s … Continue reading

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August 29, 1863: Crossing the river

Alexander McCook ****************************** Rosecrans reports his armies crossing the Tennessee. The XX corps used the pontoon bridge at Caperton’s Ferry; others crossed at points upriver. Garfield orders McCook to take a position on the top of “the mountain” — not … Continue reading

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August 28, 1863: Pontoon bridge at Battle Creek

The Union command, as already noted, was looking for multiple crossings on the Tennessee river, in order to move large numbers of troops across rapidly. Here some of his commanders have found a possible site at the mouth of Battle … Continue reading

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August 26, 1863: Bragg is fortifying

Braxton Bragg A couple of reports indicate that Bragg is fortifying south of Chattanooga, although apparently he’s spread pretty thin — from Knoxville to Rome, GA is over 150 miles. Rosecrans is still finding places to cross the Tennessee River. … Continue reading

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October 6, 1862: Buell sends McCook to Perryville

Alexander McCook Buell here orders General McCook to move to Perryville, Kentucky. As the appended note states, Hardee’s troops were headed there as well, and the two forces would meet in a couple of days. Official Record OCTOBER 6, 1862-11.30 … Continue reading

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August 20, 1862: Buell tells McCook to live off the land

Much has been made of Sherman’s unprecedented march to the sea, and of Grant’s march on Vicksburg before that, which served as a test of the idea that an army could cut loose from its supply lines. The idea was … Continue reading

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August 19, 1862: Buell instructs McCook

Alexander McCook reports that rebels are crossing the Tennessee, and Buell gives him his marching orders. Official Record BATTLE CREEK, August 19, 1862. General D. C. BUELL: One of my men was in Chattanooga yesterday; he left opposite there this … Continue reading

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August 9, 1862: A suspicious letter

Alexander McCook A letter was found, apparently accidentally, by some of McCook’s troops in Tennessee. It indicated that Bragg was headed for Nashville and had means to cross the Tennessee River there. Buell doubted both the latter claim and the … Continue reading

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