The Splendid Rebel Plan to Retake Corinth

September 28, 1862 (Sunday) Sterling Price wasn’t an unreasonable man, it’s just that he didn’t believe a word Earl Van Dorn was saying. Following the strange battle of Iuka, Sterling Price and his army slipped away from Union forces under General Grant. Their move took them southwest, on a track to join up with VanRead More

The Armies Slip from Buell and Bragg in Kentucky

September 25, 1862 (Thursday) Confederate General Braxton Bragg was tired. His grand scheme was crumbling. Originally, he wanted Generals Earl Van Dorn and Sterling Price to join him with Kirby Smith’s troops in Middle Tennessee. Somehow or another it had all gotten away from him. Somehow, this grand army had turned into three, maybe four,Read More

Race to Louisville? What Race to Louisville?

September 21, 1862 (Sunday) After capturing the Union garrison at Munfordville, Kentucky, Confederate General Bragg’s Army of Mississippi seemingly cut off the Union Army of the Ohio from Louisville, where Bragg believed the Federals under General Don Carlos Buell were headed. Here, Bragg was faced with a choice. He could dive his 26,000 men backRead More

At Antietam, The Enemy Remains; Catching Up with the West

September 18, 1862 (Thursday) When Confederate General John Bell Hood looked across the fields of Antietam, he saw that the enemy was still there. He, as well as Stonewall Jackson, wished they had retreated. The result of the previous day’s battle – the bloodiest single-day of fighting in the war – was inconclusive. The FederalRead More

Confederates Funnel Towards Harpers Ferry; Grant Perplexed by Mississippi Rebels

September 11, 1862 (Thursday) As three Confederate columns picked their way through western Maryland and along the Potomac River towards Harpers Ferry, Col. Dixon Miles, commanding the Union forces garrisoning the town, was in denial. The previous day, a small company of his cavalry brushed into the Rebels at Boonsboro and their report suggested HarpersRead More

Lee’s Divided Army on the Move Through Maryland!; Lincoln Wonders About the West

September 10, 1862 (Wednesday) Stonewall Jackson wasn’t exactly lying. While his men rose and began their march, he casually asked several citizens of Frederick, Maryland the best way to get to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He asked for maps and inquired about towns far to the north in the Keystone State. The people of Frederick, by thisRead More

The South ‘Transfers the Seat of War’ to the North

September 7, 1862 (Sunday) To win the war, all the Confederate States had to do was simply not lose. They didn’t have to defeat the foe or drive them from their soil. All they really had to do was outlast the Northern public’s thirst for war. Most certainly, they didn’t have to invade the North.Read More

Two Union Armies Combined; Pope Relieved; Kentucky in Another Panic!

September 5, 1862 (Friday) In Washington, as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was crossing the Potomac River north of the city, General John Pope, commander of the Union Army of Virginia, was ready to follow. The only problem was that John Pope had not a soldier to command. Following the defeat at Second Manassas,Read More

Confederates Advance Against Confused Yankees in Tennesse and Kentucky

August 31, 1862 (Sunday) While events in the East were spiraling out of control for the Federals, things in the West were just picking up. Two Confederate forces in Eastern Tennessee had recently begun separate moves towards Kentucky. The first, under Kirby Smith, had been on campaign for over two weeks. While the other, 27,000-strong,Read More

As Lee Shifts and Stuart Raids, Pope Makes Up His Mind to Attack

August 22, 1862 (Friday) The most important part of Union General John Pope’s line along the Rappahannock was his left flank. If this were turned, it would sever his link up with General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, soon to be filing in from Fredericksburg. It wasn’t that he didn’t care about hisRead More