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Ohio (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
llow, and when. Has nothing been heard from the troops ordered from Vicksburg? No effort must be spared to support Rosecrans' right and guard the crossings of the Tennessee River. H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. Cairo, ill., September 21, 12 M., 1863. Major-General Halleck. General-in-chief: I received your telegram of the 16th on the 18th, and forwarded it immediately to Sherman. I have sent twelve boats, and more will be sent to bring up his corps. The water is so low in the Ohio and Tennessee rivers that I think they must march from Corinth. I have ordered one million rations, and plenty of spare wagons to Corinth ready as they come up. * * * * I hold the cavalry of my corps to cover Sherman's movements. * * * * I have an abundance of rolling stock to Corinth, and from thence to Chattanooga should not take more than eight days of hard marching; * * * * with the best possible speed it will not be possible for Sherman to get into communication with General Rosecrans i
Rossville (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
Soon after four o'clock of the second day, General Thomas having received notice from General Rosecrans that rations and ammunition would be sent to meet him at Rossville, determined to hold the field until night and then withdraw and take possession of the passes there. At half after five he began the movement, and the divisionse labors of the troops, the scarcity of ammunition, food, and water, and having orders from the General commanding to use his discretion, determined to retire on Rossville, where they arrived in good order, took post before morning, receiving supplies from Chattanooga, and offering the enemy battle during all the next day, and repulsing his reconnoissance. On the night of the 21st we withdrew from Rossville, took firm possession of the objective point of our campaign—Chattanooga—and prepared to hold it. Coming down to the time when Rosecrans had been relieved, and General Thomas was in command in Chattanooga, General Sherman, in writing of his own arr
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
also the mountain passes on the west. This being done it will be determined whether the moveable forces shall move into Georgia and Alabama, or into the Valley of Virginia and North Carolina. September 13th.—It is important that all the availablin direct communication with him, and can learn his condition, and needs, sooner than I can. Distant expeditions into Georgia are not now contemplated. The object is to hold East Tennessee by forcing the enemy south of the mountains and barring gree with him. If he can not hold Chattanooga, you can not hold East Tennessee, as that place threatens the gateway from Georgia. Why is it that you make no report of your position and movements? We are left entirely in the dark in regard to your n the railroad to prevent the return of Bragg's army, it will be decided whether your army shall move further south into Georgia and Alabama. * * * * H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. This exploded view of the real situation General Sherman n
Cincinnati (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ts of your troops. As soon as you reach East Tennessee you will endeavor to connect with the forces of General Rosecrans, who has peremptory orders to move forward. The Secretary of War repeats his orders, that you move your headquarters from Cincinnati to the field, and take command of the troops in person. September 5th.—Nothing from you since August 31st. Keep General Rosecrans advised of your movements, and arrange with him for cooperation. September 11th.—Connect with General Rosecd running of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad east of Corinth, an able commander like Sherman or McPherson should be selected. H. W. Halleck, Major-General. On the 29th of September Hooker reported the head of his column passing from Cincinnati to Louisville, and on the 2d of October he telegraphed Mr. Stanton from Nashville: The last of the infantry of the Eleventh Corps reached their destination yesterday. The Twelfth are now passing through this city. Washington, September
Abingdon, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ou certainly should hold Kingston, and as far below as may seem prudent. Hood will probably send a part of his army to the south-west. Whether to Bragg or by Abingdon is uncertain. I think your available force at Kingston and above should be held in readiness to move up the valley, should the enemy appear in force in south-we entirely in the dark in regard to your army. October 24th.—It now appears pretty certain that Ewell's corps has gone to Tennessee, and its probable object is Abingdon. His force is estimated at from twenty to twenty-five thousand. It is reported that he left Lee's army on Monday last, but did not pass through Richmond. It is therefore most probable that he passed through Lynchburg taking the road to Abingdon. The following telegrams were sent by Mr. Lincoln to General Burnside: Washington, D. C., September 21st., 2 A. M. To General Burnside, Knoxville: Go to Rosecrans with your full force without a moment's delay. A. Lincoln.
Cleveland, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
Major-General. That General Grant had no doubt of the capacity of General Thomas' troops to fight, is proved by the following telegram dated a week before Sherman arrived in person, and a fortnight before his troops came up: Chattanooga, November 7, 1863, 1:30 P. M. To General Halleck, Washington. * * * * I have ordered Thomas to attack the enemy at the north end of Missionary Ridge, and when that is carried, to threaten or attack the enemy's line of communication between Cleveland and Dalton. This move will be made on Monday morning. I expect Sherman will reach Huntsville to-day. I have repeated orders to him to hurry forward with the Fifteenth Army Corps. U. S. Grant, Major-General. It will be noted that the point of attack thus assigned to General Thomas, before the arrival of Sherman, was that afterward committed to Sherman's troops, and which in spite of splendid fighting they failed to carry. Thus General Grant not only believed Thomas' men fully com
Huntsville (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
y thirty miles east of Corinth, where he was still busy in pushing forward the repairs to the railroad bridge, and patching up the many breaks between it and Tuscumbia, when he received the dispatch from General Grant at Chattanooga, by way of Huntsville, to drop railroad work and hurry to Chattanooga with all possible speed. All this time Rosecrans' army had been suffering for supplies—a suffering which Sherman, by prompt movement, might in great degree have prevented. But instead, before as to attack the enemy at the north end of Missionary Ridge, and when that is carried, to threaten or attack the enemy's line of communication between Cleveland and Dalton. This move will be made on Monday morning. I expect Sherman will reach Huntsville to-day. I have repeated orders to him to hurry forward with the Fifteenth Army Corps. U. S. Grant, Major-General. It will be noted that the point of attack thus assigned to General Thomas, before the arrival of Sherman, was that afterw
Missionary Ridge (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
rried to reform his lines in the rifle pits, with a view of carrying the top of the ridge. The form in which General Thomas communicated this order to his own troops, is shown by a paragraph from the report of General Baird who commanded his left division: I had just completed the establishment of my line, and was upon the left of it, when a staff officer from Major-General Thomas brought me verbal orders to move forward to the edge of the open ground which bordered the toot of Mission Ridge, within striking distance of the rebel rifle pits at its base, so as to be ready at a signal, which would be the firing of six guns from Orchard Knob, to dash forward and take those pits. He added this was preparatory to a general assault on the mountain; that it was doubtless designed by the Major-General commanding that I should take part in this movement; so that I would be following his wishes were I to push on to the summit. General Rosecrans was so confident of success that h
Mississippi (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
General-in-Chief. War Department, September 14, 1863. Major-General Hurlbut, Memphis. There are good reasons why troops should be sent to assist General Rosecrans' right wing with all possible dispatch. Communicate with Sherman to assist you, and hurry forward reenforcements as previously directed. H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. War Department, September 15, 1863. Major-General Hurlbut, Memphis. All troops that can possibly be spared in Western Tennessee and on the Mississippi River should be sent without delay to assist General Rosecrans on the Tennessee River. Urge General Sherman to act with all possible promptness. If you have boats send them down to bring up his troops. Information just received indicates that a part of Lee's army has been sent to reenforce Bragg. H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. War Department, September 19, 1863. Major-General Rosecrans, Chattanooga. * * * On the 15th Hurlbut says he is moving forward toward Decatur. I hear no
Lookout Mountain, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
extreme; but finally the main part of the army came down from Lookout Mountain into McLemore's Cove, in rear of Chattanooga, and Bragg, givinthe command of General Thomas, and took part in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. That army had well nigh started in carrd from its parapet we had a magnificent view of the panorama. Lookout Mountain, with its rebel flags and batteries, stood out boldly, and an rt along the railroad to Wauhatchee, but could not as yet pass Lookout Mountain. A pontoon bridge had been thrown across the Tennessee River a plan for getting possession of the river from a point below Lookout Mountain to Bridgeport. If successful, and I think it will be, the quepening the battle, went to Grant, and urged that the attack on Lookout Mountain should begin at once. General Thomas gives this account of th in Lookout Valley, would form a column to attack the enemy on Lookout Mountain, or at least divert his attention from Sherman's crossing abov
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