Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 23, 1863

August 23, 1863

---By this date, Gen. Joseph Johnston, in Mississippi, has been ordered to reinforce Bragg, and therefore dispatches two divisions--about 9,000 men--to Chattanooga.  Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, with just nearly 9,000 men, is ordered to fall back on Chattanooga, thereby conceding Knoxville to Burnside’s 15,000-man Army of Ohio (mostly the old IX Corps) advancing into eastern Tennessee.  Meanwhile, Gen. Rosecrans has positioned Thomas’s XIV Corps and McCook’s XX Corps to the southwest of Chattanooga, ready to strike across the mountain passes and hopefully get behind the Confederate army and the city—and he has placed Crittenden’s XXI Corps in position to cross the Tennessee north of the city, so as to draw Bragg’s attention in that direction (which, in fact, it does).

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