Category Archives: W.F. “Baldy” Smith

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 27, 1863: W.F. Smith’s report

W.F. Smith took Brown’s Ferry, giving the Union control of the river, and making possible the supply route that would become known as the “Cracker Line”. Official Records: Report of Brig. General William F. Smith, U. S. Army, Chief Engineer, … Continue reading

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