Category Archives: James Garfield

September 12, 1863: Rebels concentrating at La Fayette

Gen. George Thomas ******************************************************* It’s become apparent that Bragg has not fled to Atlanta, but in fact has some designs on an attack on Rosecrans’ vulnerable army. Thomas is in the thick of it, and Garfield is trying to reinforce … Continue reading

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September 8, 1863: Preparing to enter Chattanooga

Rosecrans is getting multiple reports that Bragg has pulled out of Chattanooga, no doubt because Rosecrans has crossed the Tennessee and is now threatening Bragg’s rear. He informs Halleck. I’ve reproduced some of the dispatches from various subordinates describing the … 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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August 17, 1863: Maybe Bragg is going to defend Chattanooga after all.

Brig. Gen. James Garfield ***************************** Sheridan forwards some interesting intel to brig. gen. Garfield. Contrary to rumors, it looks like Bragg may not be ready to abandon Chattanooga. Official Records: STEVENSON, August 17, 1863-7.45 p.m. Brigadier General J. A. GARFIELD: … Continue reading

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