Tag Archives: Sam Watkins

“The Great Winter Battles” of the Army of Tennessee

Yesterday, Kris White wrote about some of the great winter battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. That called to mind an account from Sam Watkins of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which wintered in Dalton, Georgia “during the cold, … Continue reading

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The Last Charge of the Army of Tennessee

As the line of gaunt and scared Confederate veterans emerged from the piney forest and advanced over the cool, sandy soil, the scene inspired nearby onlookers. The Army of Tennessee was moving forward that afternoon for an assault once more. … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Hell Breaks Loose in Georgia

The focus of General Thomas’s attack was the angle in the Confederate line manned by troops of Gen. Frank Cheatham’s Tennessee Division. Thomas intended to break the line and push on toward Marietta—a move that could rip Johnston’s army in … Continue reading

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The Long, Bloody Road toward Atlanta: Adairsville

The gently rolling hills and fields that made up the Oothcalooga Valley south of Calhoun offered a scene of pastoral beauty—and frustration to Joe Johnston. The wide valley offered some strong points, but it was too wide to take up … Continue reading

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Pick #7 in the Top Ten: Your Choice of a Diary, Journal, Or Collection of Letters, by a real enlisted soldier, Yank or Reb

Part of a Series: Books Every Civil War Buff Ought to Own Every bookshelf should contain some sort of diary or collection of letters, memoirs, etc. from one person who served in the Civil War. I would recommend a volume … Continue reading

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