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Chapter 27.

  • Bell and Bragg
  • -- Perryville -- Rosecrans and Murfreesboro -- Grant's Vicksburg experiments -- Grant's May battles -- siege and surrender of Vicksburg -- Lincoln to Grant -- Rosecrans's March to Chattanooga -- battle of Chickamauga -- Grant at Chattanooga -- battle of Chattanooga -- Burnside at Knoxville -- Burnside Repulses Longstreet
    From the Virginia campaigns of 1863 we must return to the Western campaigns of the same year, or, to be more precise, beginning with the middle of 1862. When, in July of that year, Halleck was called to Washington to become general-in-chief, the principal plan he left behind was that Buell, with the bulk of the forces which had captured Corinth, should move from that place eastward to occupy eastern Tennessee. Buell, however, progressed so leisurely that before he reached Chattanooga the Confederate General Bragg, by a swift northward movement, advanced into eastern Kentucky, enacted the farce of appointing a Confederate governor for that State, and so threatened Louisville that Buell was compelled abruptly to abandon his eastward march and, turning to the north, run a neck-and-neck race to save Louisville from rebel occupation. Successful in this, Buell immediately turned and, pursuing the now retreating forces of Bragg, brought them to bay at Perryville, where, on October 8, was fought a considerable battle from which Bragg immediately retreated out of Kentucky.

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