Tuesday, December 10, 2013

November 22, 1863

November 22, 1863

---Gen. Bragg receives information that the Yankees are on the move, referring to Sherman’s move to the Federal left.  Indeed, Bragg somehow gets the idea that Sherman is moving up the Tennessee River in order to cut off Longstreet from Bragg.  Therefore, Bragg orders the division of Bushrod Johnson and of Patrick Cleburne---over 11,000 troops---to pull out of line and march to Chickamauga Station for a possible moved to Knoxville.  This reduces his Army of Tennessee to about 35,000 men, facing a Union force of nearly twice as many troops.  Oddly enough, Bragg does indeed anticipate an eminent attack on his position---yet he still sends away the troops.

---Sarah Morgan, a young Southern woman of New Orleans, living at the home of her Unionist half-brother, writes in her journal of the news of another brother in the Confederate army having been captured at Bristoe Station:

Sunday, November 22d.

A report has just reached us that my poor dear Gibbes has been taken prisoner along with the rest of Hayes’s brigade.

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