Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31, 1863: Is Bragg attacking Burnside?

In case anyone needs a last-minute costume idea, you just need some cotton balls and glue to do Burnside. Here Burnside is once again convinced that Bragg is moving to his north, and pinning him down so he can’t come … Continue reading

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October 30, 1863: Supplies are coming in to Chattanooga

The Cracker Line is open, and Dana reports that a steamboat made it in safely. Desperately needed food, ammunition, and forage are now getting to Chattanooga, and the siege is lifted. Grant will be looking to go on the offensive … 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: 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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October 28, 1863: We have the river

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War. CHATTANOOGA, October 28, 1863-5 p.m. Everything perfectly successful. The river is now open, and a short and good road in our possession along the south shore. We had an insignificant skirmish near Wauhatchie. … 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: Rebels hear of the replacement of Rosecrans

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on the dismissal of Rosecrans. There are some other replacements rumored as well. The removal of Rosecrans — Government opinion of his cowardice — Meade to follow suit — Dahlgren reported removed. The most prominent … 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 25, 1863: The French press isn’t buying talk of arming slaves in the South

We often hear claims that there were large numbers of black Confederates, with little historical evidence. During the war there were rumors that the Confederacy would arm slaves, but they were never substantiated then either. A French newspaper editorializes on … 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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