Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 30, 1863: Howard repairing bridges

Maj. Gen. O. O.Howard ******************************************************** General Howard is preparing the way for Sherman’s troops as they move northeast toward Knoxville. The rebel cavalry are impeding progress as best they can, here by damaging the bridges. It’s only a minor setback. … 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 28, 1863: Mopping up

Grant continues to capitalize on his Chattanooga victory by sending Sherman northeast to support Burnside, while having Hooker cover Sherman’s flank and destroy whatever he can in Georgia. Official Records: GRAYSVILLE, GA., November 28, 1863. Major General JOSEPH HOOKER, Commanding … Continue reading

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November 27, 1863: Taking Ringgold

Grant follows up on his victory at Chattanooga by pursuing Bragg into Georgia. Hooker takes Ringgold, Georgia, freeing Sherman to reinforce Burnside. Official Records: RINGGOLD, GA., November 27, 1863-12.30 p.m. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Army of the Tennessee: GENERAL: Hooker has … Continue reading

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November 26, 1863: Pursuing the enemy

Grant follows up on his victory at Chattanooga by sending troops in pursuit of the retreating Bragg. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Chattanooga, November 26, 1863. Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Commanding Army of … Continue reading

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November 25, 1863: Conclusion of the battle

View from Lookout Mountain Grant’s report gives Hooker’s famous “Battle Above the Clouds” exactly one clause. Grant was disgusted by the romanticizing of the battle, as he notes in his memoirs. Meanwhile, Thomas was ordered to take the rifle pits … Continue reading

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November 24, 1863: Union moves forward.

Thomas having secured Orchard Knob the night before, on the morning of the 24th Grant unleashed a coordinated attack on the whole length of the rebel front. Sherman took the north end of Missionary Ridge (though he would discover later … Continue reading

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November 23, 1863: Thomas takes Orchard Knob

In a fairly light skirmish, Thomas’s troops moved toward Missionary Ridge, taking Orchard Knob, a strategically useful vantage point that would serve as Grant’s observation post during the battle to come. Sherman is still trying to get his troops there, … 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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November 21, 1863: Only Sherman can move

Sherman may be delayed, but the shortage of fodder in Chattanooga has so weakened the draft animals of the Army of the Cumberland that Sherman is the only source of transport Grant has. Grant hates being immobilized. Official Records: CHATTANOOGA, … Continue reading

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