Category Archives: James Longstreet

March 5, 1864: Longstreet has a plan

The New York Times reprints an item from the Richmond Examiner, avowing that Longstreet’s retreat from East Tennessee is part of a mysterious plan. THE WAR IN EAST TENNESSEE.; LONGSTREETS MOVEMENT CAPTURE OF YANKEES. From the Richmond Examiner. It is … Continue reading

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January 28, 1864: No more furloughs

Grant needs his troops, and the furloughs promised to soldiers who reenlist are threatening to reduce his strength at a critical moment. He orders that furloughs will have to wait until Longstreet is out of Tennessee. Official Records: SAINT LOUIS, … Continue reading

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January 3, 1864: Fishing for deserters

Lincoln had issued a proclamation granting amnesty to any Confederate who would take the loyalty oath, and apparently the Union was circulating it as handbills in East Tennessee. Here Longstreet protests the Union propaganda campaign. Official Records: HDQRS. CONFEDERATE FORCES … Continue reading

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December 10, 1863: Trying to stop Longstreet’s retreat

Grant informs Burnside that Meade didn’t cut the railroad. Official Records: CHATTANOOGA, December 10, 1863. Major General A. E. BURNSIDE, Knoxville, Tennessee: I telegraphed General Halleck twice whilst you were besieged, asking to have General Kelley sent through to cut … Continue reading

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December 8, 1863: Sherman, don’t leave east Tennessee yet

Sherman’s advance has forced Longstreet to retreat from Knoxville, but Grant’s concerned that he might return with reinforcements. Grant advises Sherman to hang around a while, and promises to supply him in the meantime. Official Record: KNOXVILLE, December 8, 1863. … Continue reading

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December 6, 1863: Longstreet retreating

Sherman’s troops have arrived in the Knoxville area, and all the signs indicate that Longstreet is retreating. TAZEWELL, Tennessee, December 6, 1863-9.20 a.m. (Received 8 p.m.) Major Gen. H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief: After the repulse of the enemy’s cavalry at … Continue reading

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December 3, 1863: No help from Meade

George Meade *********************************** Grant, as always, is not content to win territory; he wants to destroy Longstreet’s army, but unfortunately he has a line of retreat open through West Virginia. Halleck sounds a bit disgusted with General Meade for allowing … Continue reading

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December 2, 1863: Longstreet repulsed

While Sherman is hurrying up from Chattanooga with reinforcements for Burnside, it appears that Burnside is actually not in much danger. He’s entrenched, and Longstreet’s attack on his lines was unsuccessful. Official Records: TAZEWELL, December 2, 1863-7.30 a. m. (Received … Continue reading

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November 29, 1863: Sherman heads for Knoxville

Longstreet appears to be besieging Burnside, lacking the strength for an attack. Grant sends Sherman to relieve Burnside, and tells him that he’s in charge of all the troops headed that way, and that he won’t bother him with overly … Continue reading

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November 22, 1863: Bragg sending away more troops

While Grant is massing for an attack on Missionary Ridge, Bragg sends more troops northeast to Longstreet. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Missionary Ridge, November 22, 1863. Lieutenant-General LONGSTREET: GENERAL: Your dispatch of this morning and your letter of … Continue reading

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