Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 31, 1863: Grant still at Vicksburg

Grant is anxious to get moving, but awaits orders. Meanwhile, local whites find that intimidating the freedmen can backfire. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Vicksburg, Miss., August 30, 1863. General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: I shall … Continue reading

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August 30, 1863: More river crossings

Thomas’s corps continues crossing the Tennessee. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD DIV., FOURTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Battle Creek, Tenn., August 30, 1863-7.15 p.m. Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE E. FLYNT, [Thomas’ adjutant] Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff: COLONEL: I have the honor to … 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 27, 1863: Union troops scout crossings

Rosecrans’ troops are choosing several crossings in order to move large numbers of infantry across the Tennessee in as short a time as possible. Official Records: HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, Smith’s Cross-Roads, Tennessee Valley, August 27, 1863. Captain … 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 25, 1863: A lot of Yankees coming

Buckner reports to Bragg that Burnside is coming in force, along with a lot of cavalry, to join in Rosecrans’ move against east Tennessee. Official Records: KNOXVILLE, August 25, 1863. General MACKALL, Chief of Staff, Chattanooga: I met Tom this … Continue reading

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August 24, 1863: Hindman tries to figure out what Bragg wants

Thomas Carmichael Hindman A very respectful exchange all around as Hindman tries to find out what the heck Bragg wants him to do. Hindman writes to T.M.Jack, Polk’s adjutant; Polk passes it on to Bragg; Bragg’s adjutant Brent replies, and … Continue reading

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August 23, 1863: Buckner is ready, but outnumbered

Simon Bolivar Buckner is preparing to meet Burnside’s assault, but even when he discounts the reports, he knows Burnside has him outnumbered pretty badly. Official Records: KNOXVILLE, August 23, 1863. General MACKALL, Chief of Staff, Chattanooga: Use old key. My … Continue reading

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August 22, 1863: Is Johnston coming to help Bragg?

Joe Johnston ******************************** One great thing about the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion is that they contain dispatches from both sides; there are probably very few wars in which such a resource is available in one convenient … Continue reading

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