Category Archives: Charles A. Dana

November 9, 1864: Sherman in the papers, and some tough orders

Charles Dana sends Sherman a little note indicating that the northern press is publishing his plans. Knowing how much Sherman loves the press anyway, this can’t be good. Official Records 79:711 WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, November 9, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN, Kingston, … 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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November 23, 1863: Thomas takes Orchard Knob

In a fairly light skirmish, Thomas’s troops moved toward Missionary Ridge, taking Orchard Knob, a strategically useful vantage point that would serve as Grant’s observation post during the battle to come. Sherman is still trying to get his troops there, … Continue reading

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November 6, 1863: A diversion to protect Burnside; meanwhile Hooker’s slacking

Grant considered a feint on Missionary Ridge to pull Confederate troops away from Burnside; as we’ll see, it didn’t actually do that. Meanwhile, Dana continues to send negative assessments of Hooker to the secretary of War. Official Records: Honorable E. … Continue reading

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October 30, 1863: Supplies are coming in to Chattanooga

The Cracker Line is open, and Dana reports that a steamboat made it in safely. Desperately needed food, ammunition, and forage are now getting to Chattanooga, and the siege is lifted. Grant will be looking to go on the offensive … Continue reading

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October 29, 1863: Grant wants Hooker out

Charles Dana reports that Hooker’s stubbornness is endangering his troops, and Grant wants to get rid of him. Official Records: Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War. CHATTANOOGA, October 29, 1863-9 a.m. On reaching the mouth of Lookout Valley yesterday … Continue reading

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October 28, 1863: We have the river

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War. CHATTANOOGA, October 28, 1863-5 p.m. Everything perfectly successful. The river is now open, and a short and good road in our possession along the south shore. We had an insignificant skirmish near Wauhatchie. … 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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June 8, 1863: Johnston’s not at Mechanicsburg

Charles A. Dana **************************************** Kimball advanced toward Mechanicsville, but reports of a large concentration of infantry ahead spooked him, and he returned to Haynes’ Bluff. He sent his confidant Charles Dana (a reporter, originally sent to spy on him to … Continue reading

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