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Edward Alfred Pollard, The lost cause; a new Southern history of the War of the Confederates ... Drawn from official sources and approved by the most distinguished Confederate leaders. 265 1 Browse Search
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d watch over the liberties of the people and the safety of the Constitution, and a military leader, Imperator, or commander-in-chief, who should be entrusted with the conduct of the war, and look to Congress and the Executive for the means to carry out his plan. The scheme was this: Gen. R. E. Lee was to be commander-in-chief and have the army of the Potomac; Johnston to be entrusted with the war in the Valley of the Mississippi East; Price in Missouri; Kirby Smith in Louisiana and Texas; Bragg in the South; Beauregard in the South-east, while Jackson, Longstreet, Hill, Whiting, and the other promising officers were to carry out their views. The commanders of divisions, above named, were to constitute a board of advisers to Congress, and each to be entrusted with discretionary powers in his own district. President Davis was probably aware of the details of this early plot against his power. He vetoed the bill creating the office of commanding general. But being personally w
n to threaten both Cincinnati and Louisville. Bragg's movement to intercept Buell. the latter coned, wounded, and missing. The campaign of Gen. Bragg was to take place amid intricate and formida which had gone from Tupelo. The remainder of Bragg's immediate command, the Army of the Mississipovement of Kirby Smith made it necessary for Gen. Bragg to intercept Gen. Buell, now rapidly moving h a heavy demonstration against this position, Bragg's force was thrown rapidly to Glasgow, reachinnition, horses, mules, and military stores. Bragg's whole army was now on the road between Nashvjust arrived from the direction of Lebanon. Gen. Bragg, therefore, caused our line, which rested up9th to the 24th of October. This retreat of Bragg was certainly a sore disappointment to the hopin the Southwest.-battle of Corinth. When Gen. Bragg moved into Kentucky, he left to Van Dorn andience a similar feeling when it was known that Bragg had retreated through the Cumberland Mountains[36 more...]
icting statements of his force. position of Gen. Bragg's army around Murfreesboroa. Bragg anticipaBragg anticipates the Federal attack. Hardee commences the battle. he drives the entire right wing of the Federions on the Western theatre of the war, left Gen. Bragg in front of Nashville. The bulk of his armyn the West at the close of the year 1862, when Bragg confronted Rosecrans, and prepared for an impocrans at about forty-seven thousand men; but Gen. Bragg declares that from papers captured from the ee's front as to check his further progress, Gen. Bragg sent orders for Breckinridge's division to m. These unfortunate misrepresentations, said Gen. Bragg, on that part of the field which, with propeext day Rosecrans moved into Murfreesboro, and Bragg retired to Tullahoma, which, as a base of operlled and wounded as 8,778. Of this estimate Gen. Bragg remarks: One corps, commanded by Maj.-Gen. T, and the occasion of various commentaries. Gen. Bragg was famous for his profuse censure of his of[7 more...]
thus greatly the advantage over the army of Virginia; and yet we have seen, and shall continue to see, that it was far inferiour in activity and enterprise to the latter, and that, while Gen. Lee was overthrowing every army that came against him, Bragg was idle, or constantly yielding up territory to a conquering foe. From March till June, in 1863, Gen. Bragg's forces remained idly stretching from Shelbyville to the right, while the Federals, holding a line from Franklin to Woodbury, again andGen. Bragg's forces remained idly stretching from Shelbyville to the right, while the Federals, holding a line from Franklin to Woodbury, again and again, afforded opportunities of attack on detached masses which the dull Confederate commander never used. West of the Alleghany Mountains the war had travelled steadily southward to Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. In Mississippi we held the line of the Tallahatchie and the town of Vicksburg, while Grant threatened the northern portion of the State, and McClernand menaced Vicksburg. West of the Mississippi the war had been pushed to the banks of the Arkansas River, the Federals held V
mplete surprise to Gen. Pemberton at Vicksburg. This commander, who had been appointed to what the Confederates designated as the department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, had been so blind as to suppose Grant's object was not Vicksburg, but Bragg's army in Tennessee, and as late as the middle of April, he had proposed to order troops to Tullahoma, under the delusion that Rosecrans would be reinforced from Grant's army. The mistake was characteristic of a commander who was in no way qualiBig Black River. Gen. Pemberton, who appeared to have been at last aroused to a sense of the danger of his position, telegraphed the news of Grant's movement to Gen. Johnston, nominally commanding the Western armies, and then at Tullahona with Bragg. He received orders to attack at once. Gen. Johnston despatched: If Grant crosses the river, unite all your troops to beat him. Success will give back what was abandoned to win it. It was the critical opportunity of the campaign. Grant had la
e carried the contest for the rights of the South. During the few weeks following the brilliant victory of Chancellorsville, never did affairs look so propitious for the Confederates. The safety of Vicksburg was not then seriously questioned; Bragg confronted Rosecrans with a force strong enough to hold him at bay; and the Confederates had the choice of two campaigns: either to reinforce Bragg from Lee's army, over a distance that might be accomplished in ten days, with two lines of railroBragg from Lee's army, over a distance that might be accomplished in ten days, with two lines of railroad as far as Chattanooga, or to change the defensive attitude in Virginia, and make a second experiment of the invasion of the North. The alternative of these campaigns was suggested in Richmond. The latter was decided upon. It was thought advisable to clear Virginia of the Federal forces, and put the war back upon the frontier; to relieve the Confederate commissariat; to counterbalance the continual retreat of the armies of Tennessee and Mississippi by an advance into Northern territory, of
strange delay. a singular breakfast scene. Gen. Bragg furious. the Confederate right wing beaten ours. This position gained placed Rosecrans on Bragg's flank, who, to save his army, commenced a rethat Federal commander from getting in rear of Bragg's army at the time it was menaced in front by in front. Buckner, however, was directed by Gen. Bragg to withdraw to the Hiawassee; and the enemy f Georgia, Chattanooga had to be abandoned. Gen. Bragg, having now united with him the forces of Bue. The proper commanders were summoned by Gen. Bragg, and received specific information and instrf the right. Lieut.-Gen. Longstreet reached Gen. Bragg's headquarters about 11 P. M., and immediatemoved at daylight to his line just in front of Bragg's position. Lieut.-Gen. Polk was ordered to re was no note of attack from the right wing. Bragg chafed with impatience, and at last despatchedng-general, and reported the reply literally. Bragg uttered a terrible exclamation, in which Polk,[15 more...]
campaign North of the Tennessee River. why Gen. Bragg declined it. his investment of Chattanooga.of Chattanooga. detachment of Longstreet from Bragg's front to operate against Knoxville. this unic. causes of the extraordinary misconduct of Bragg's army. it falls back to Dalton. Longstreet'The morning after the battle of Chickamauga, Gen. Bragg stopped at the bivouac of Longstreet, and asr of Nashville. The reasons which induced Gen. Bragg to decline this plan of campaign were detailstion of time. This was a bold statement of Bragg; but it seemed that for once a least his swollin had been evacuated by the Confederates, and Bragg had moved his troops up to the top of Missionain confusion. The day was shamefully lost. Gen. Bragg attempted to rally the broken troops; he advn divisions; and utterly demoralized by one of Bragg's freaks of organization before the battle, inof November Longstreet had been despatched by Bragg up the valley towards Knoxville, where Burnsid[3 more...]
otton, even at the extreme bid, than they can be bought at for Confederate currency in our own lines. If not availed of now they most probably never will be, for lack of power and opportunity. And, finally, both Mobile and Charleston are pressing for large supplies out of resources which must be held for the armies of Virginia, or the border States will be lost; while the same reserves, and the accumulations I have been endeavouring to make in Tennessee, are demanded by the armies of General Bragg. Third--As to the relative advantages of procuring supplies from Memphis and from the vicinity of New Orleans, the proposition to make such purchases is not a new idea. They were made at the commencement of the war to an extent which is little known. In an elaborate report on the operations of this Bureau, made by Major Ruffin, under my under and superintendence, and submitted to Congress in January last, it is stated: Experts estimate that the product of about 1,200,000 hogs was i
rner of Marshall and Fifth streets. At the appointed hour the cortege appeared in front of the church, and the metallic coffin, containing the remains of the noble soldier, whose now silent voice had so often startled the enemy with his stirring battle-cry, was carried down the centre-aisle, and placed before the altar. Wreaths and a cross of evergreens, interwoven with delicate lilies of the valley, laurel, and other flowers of purest white, decked the coffin. The pall-bearers were Gen. Bragg, Maj.-Gen. McCown, Gen. Chilton, Brig.-Gen. Lawton, Commodore Forrest, Capt. Lee, of the navy, and Gen. George W. Randolph, formerly Secretary of War. The scene was sad and impressive. President Davis sat near the front, with a look of grief upon his careworn face; his cabinet officers were gathered around, while on either side were the Senators and Representatives of the Confederate Congress. Scattered through the church were a number of generals and other officers of less rank, amon
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