Category Archives: Joseph Hooker

July 3, 1864: Sherman pursues Johnston hard.

Sherman is sure that Johnston would never take up a defensive position trapped against the Chattahoochee at his back, so he must be trying to cross it. Therefore, Sherman wants to press forward hard in order to catch Johnston astride … 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 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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November 1, 1863: Thomas thanks the troops

Baldy Smith and his men did a great job in opening the Cracker Line, and General Thomas lets them know. He even thanks Hooker, who is not Mr. Popularity just now. Official Records: ORDERS.] HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, … 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 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: Securing the river

The Union initiates an attack to secure the Tennessee River for transport. Official Records: CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CORPS, Bridgeport, Ala., October 26, 1863. 1. The movement on the south side of the Tennessee River will commence at sunrise … Continue reading

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October 24, 1863: Thomas moves to control the river

General Thomas, now in command of the Army of the Cumberland, is losing no time in attemptingto improve his supply lines. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 24, 1863-2.30 p.m. Major-General HOOKER, Stevenson: You will leave General … Continue reading

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October 23, 1863: Thomas protects his supply lines

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Chattanooga, October 23, 1863. Major-General HOOKER, Stevenson: The general commanding directs that one division of the Twelfth Corps will guard the railroad from Murfreesborough to Bridgeport, the remainder of the Twelfth Corps will concentrate at … Continue reading

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