Category Archives: Campaigns

Bled From the Top: Confederate Officer Corps in the 1864 Tennessee Campaign

When the Army of Tennessee returned to its namesake Confederate state in November 1864, the chance to provide a glimmer of hope for the South in the West marched with it. By early December, that same force was decimated, after … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part II

As Wilson rested and refitted his troopers during the opening days of December, 1864, Maj. Gen. George Thomas was engaged in another battle. This one was not with John Bell Hood, but with his superiors. Throughout the first two weeks … Continue reading

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Nashville: The Second Day

Despite the results of the 15th, Hood determined to fight. That night he pulled his army back two miles to a more compact line, anchored on both flanks by hills along the Franklin Pike (US 31 today) and Granny White … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part I

The weather was gradually changing, perhaps for the better. For several days, the Union troopers had been pelted with snow and sleet. It had been so harsh that only the woodcutters had been out in the precipitation. With a thaw … Continue reading

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Nashville: The First Day

The Death Ride of the Army of Tennessee climaxed 150 years ago today and tomorrow, as the Union and Confederacy fought one more large-scale battle between the Appalachians and the Mississippi: the Battle of Nashville.

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The Letters of William Child—December 14, 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Dan Welch. William Child, surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Veteran Volunteer Infantry, had decreased his writing of letters during the twilight of 1864. Few letters passed between William and his … Continue reading

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Aftermath In Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia was a key Confederate railway hub throughout the war with a thriving population of about 22,000. Defense of this industrial city fell to Lt. General John Bell Hood and his army, which unfortunately was much too small for … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Gets Personal

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Derek Maxfield. “There it is,” I said to a companion.  “There is his name,” I said as I stared up at the bronze letters on the Pennsylvania monument, “That is my … Continue reading

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Lincoln Adresses Congress Today

Today, December 6, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his fourth Annual Message to Congress. He began, “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Again the blessings of health and abundant harvests claim our profoundest gratitude to Almighty God.”

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Franklin 150th: “I never saw the dead lay near so thick.”

It was a near-run thing—John M. Schofield’s Federals steadily marching down the Columbia Pike towards Franklin through the night of Nov. 29 while sitting close to their camp fires were the Confederates of John B. Hood. The two former West … Continue reading

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