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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 30: Longstreet moves to Georgia. (search)
vided the change could be so arranged as to give me an opportunity, by careful handling of the troops before accepting battle, to gain their confidence; providing, at the same time, that means could be arranged for further aggressive march in case of success. At that time the railway passing our camps on the Rapidan through Virginia and East Tennessee to Chattanooga was open and in good working order. General Bragg's army was near Chattanooga, General Buckner's in East Tennessee, near Knoxville, General Samuel Jones's army, or parts of an army, in Southwest Virginia. There was but one railway,--from Cincinnati via Louisville and Nashville to Chattanooga. On that road General Rosecrans was marching against General Bragg. On the direct route to East Tennessee over the Cumberland Mountains General Burnside was moving into East Tennessee against General Buckner's forces. A few days after the conversation with General Lee, he was called down to Richmond. In the course of a wee
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 33: the East Tennessee campaign. (search)
ons General Burnside's forces advance upon Knoxville affairs at Lenoir's and Campbell's stationsch south as we marched north, and meet us at Knoxville. General Bragg estimated General Burnside'sthousand of his men were on service north of Knoxville and about Cumberland Gap. To march, and any reliable people, living near and east of Knoxville, from whom I might get information of the cover, through Marysville to the heights above Knoxville on the east bank, by forced march. This wouand near its base, is the main wagon-road to Knoxville, as far as Campbell Station, about seventeeneded in reaching the vicinity of the city of Knoxville, but found it too well guarded to admit of a the enemy was safely behind his works about Knoxville, except his cavalry under General Sanders andth and extending some miles down south. At Knoxville the plateau is one hundred and twenty feet aLenoir's he left General Parke in command at Knoxville, and he and Captain Poe, of the engineers, g[11 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 34: Besieging Knoxville. (search)
Chapter 34: Besieging Knoxville. Closing on the enemy's lines a gallant dash the Federal positions Fort Loudon, later called FFort Sanders assault of the Fort carefully planned General McLaws advises delay the order reiterated and emphasized gallant effort by the bault and the campaign. The enemy's line of sharp-shooters and Fort Sanders stood in our direct line of advance,--the fort manned by the headquarters with orders from General Bragg that we should attack at Knoxville, and very promptly. I asked him to make the reconnoissance and dit for a surrender. From his first reconnoissance he pronounced Fort Sanders the assailable point, but, after riding around the lines with Geofficers, he came back to his conclusion in favor of assault at Fort Sanders. I agreed with him that the field at Mabry's Hill was too wide, General Bragg, even if we should be successful in our assault on Knoxville. If we should be defeated or unsuccessful here, and at the same
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 35: cut off from East and West. (search)
occurred to me that our better course was to hold our lines about Knoxville, and in that way cause General Grant to send to its relief, and ta distance of a hundred miles and more. Deciding to remain at Knoxville, I called on General Ransom to join us with his main force, to aiumstances there seemed but one move left for us,--to march around Knoxville to the north side, up the Holston, and try to find the column rep our march and wait at Rogersville, General Foster passed down to Knoxville by a more southern route and relieved General Burnside of comman, General Joseph E. Johnston was assigned. On his return from Knoxville, General Sherman proposed to General Grant to strike at General Hinthrop, who led our once halting lines over the rail defences at Knoxville. The transfer of the army to the east bank of the river was erselves. The French Broad River and the Holston are confluent at Knoxville. The country between and beyond them contains as fine farming la
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 36: strategic importance of the field. (search)
called. General Grant made his visit to Knoxville about New Year's, and remained until the 7thth side of the French Broad by his bridge at Knoxville and reached those foraging grounds unmoleste be necessary to take artillery or wagons to Knoxville, but all the serviceable artillery horses shth, Major-General J. M. Schofield arrived at Knoxville, and assumed command of the Army of the OhioGeneral. Major-General J. M. Schofield, Knoxville, Tenn.: I deem it of the utmost importance to dhe cavalry over to be in observation towards Knoxville, and a brigade of infantry as supporting fory being ready for the crossing and move for Knoxville, inquiry was made of General Johnston as to eet cannot afford to place his force between Knoxville and the Tennessee. It was not so intended, but to put the army alongside of Knoxville to hold the enemy to his intrenched lines, while the tro The prime object of the second advance upon Knoxville was to show the strategic strength of the fi[13 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter37: last days in Tennessee. (search)
erence was held during the forenoon, but was not conclusive. In the afternoon he called me with him for further deliberation. At the opening of the afternoon council it appeared that General Bragg had offered a plan for early spring campaign, and that it had received the approval of the President,--viz.: General Johnston to march his army through the mountains of Georgia and East Tennessee to the head-waters of Little Tennessee River; my command to march through the mountains east of Knoxville to join General Johnston. The commands united, to march west, cross the river into Middle Tennessee, and march for the enemy's line of supplies about Nashville. When asked an opinion of this, I inquired as to General Johnston's attitude towards it, and was told that he objected; that he thought the sparsely-settled country of the mountains through which he would move could not supply his army; that he would consume all that he could haul before turning westward for the middle country,