Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 30, 1863: Grant sends Sherman

Grant sends an apologetic note to Halleck, explaining that dispatches have been slow, but that he’s already send a considerable force toward Rosecrans, with Sherman in command. It’s a bit ironic that Grant is apologizing for what is at most … Continue reading

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September 29, 1863: Halleck says send a general with those troops.

Halleck recommends that Grant send an able commander along with the troops to Rosecrans. Sherman, maybe. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 29, 1863-11 a.m. Major-General GRANT, Vicksburg, Miss.: The enemy seems to have concentrated upon General Rosecrans all his … Continue reading

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September 28, 1863: Troops are coming from Grant

Grant, Burnside, and Hooker have all been ordered to send reinforcements to Rosecrans. While Grant’s troops have the furthest to go, he didn’t waste time getting them on the move. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, September 28, 1863-10.30 a.m. Major-General … Continue reading

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September 27, 1863: Burnside, get a move on

I reproduce here one of a long string of communications among Burnside, Halleck, Stanton, and Rosecrans. The war department is well aware of the peril that Rosecrans is in, and although reinforcements were on their way from both Vicksburg and … Continue reading

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September 26, 1863: Milk for young Fred

As we have seen, 13-year-old Fred Grant accompanied his father on much of the Vicksburg campaign. Apparently he was unwell, and Grant wrote to Sherman to see if he could find any milk for the boy. Sherman recommends Gen. Smith, … Continue reading

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September 25, 1863: Grant sends troops to Chattanooga

In response to orders from Washington, Grant sends some of his forces up the river on the journey to Chattanooga. Sherman sends a division. Meanwhile, Grant still wants to go to Mobile. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Vicksburg, … Continue reading

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September 24, 1863: Sending reinforcements to Rosecrans

President Lincoln knew that the battle at Chickamauga was a serious defeat, but he put an optimistic face on it. Here we have first a note to his wife with an account of the results, then a dispatch to Rosecrans … Continue reading

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September 23, 1863: Aftermath of Chickamauga

John Bell Hood **************************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch has more news on Bragg’s victory at Chickamauga. They still think mistakenly that Hood was killed, and give him a brief eulogy. The Dispatch claims that the Union has never won a … Continue reading

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September 22, 1863: News from Chickamauga

John Bell Hood ************************************* The Richmond Daily Dispatch at last gets some news of the Battle of Chickamauga, but it’s not terribly accurate. The Union army was not formed up on Missionary Ridge on Monday, but escaping back to Chattanooga. … Continue reading

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September 21, 1863: Battle imminent at Chickamauga?

Despite the new immediacy brought to reporting by the telegraph, events were still often quite late to make it into the papers. Here, the day after the end of the battle of Chickamauga, the Richmond Daily Dispatch suggests that a … Continue reading

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