Category Archives: Gen. Ambrose Burnside

Fort Sanders Photographs

The few extant photographs of Fort Sanders, including the cropping atop this page, apparently were taken after the Nov. 29, 1863, battle by George Barnard, the official photographer for Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s Military Division of the Mississippi. Barnard, … Continue reading

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Where Union Gen. Sanders died

There aren’t many places in Knoxville today reminiscent of the Battle of Fort Sanders. The fort itself disappeared long ago, unless you count the neighborhood and hospital that later assumed its name. There’s Bleak House, of course, Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters. … Continue reading

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Bragg: The man who knew no fear

Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s silent partner at Knoxville was Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg. Not because Bragg was a traitor but because he put getting even with Gen. Longstreet ahead of Confederate victory. Way ahead. Bragg was a small man. His … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Knoxville Ladies

Longstreet and his rebels may have left Knoxville in defeat but the half of the town that was Confederate apparently was still holding its own under Union occupation. To wit this item on page 3 of the Feb. 27, 1864 … Continue reading

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The Union takes Knoxville

A lithographic notion of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s and his army’s welcome by the Unionists of Knoxville whose Stars & Stripes flags finally could be brought out from under their parlor carpets. While the town’s Confederates had to hide theirs under the carpets … Continue reading

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Reprise: Burnside’s congratulations

The day before President Lincoln issued his proclamation of thanksgiving for the Confederate defeat at Knoxville, Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside congratulated his troops on their steadfast performance: “The Army of the Ohio has nobly guarded the loyal region it redeemed … Continue reading

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Burnside’s truce

After the attack on Fort Sanders finally ground to a halt, Gen. Lafayette McLaws received the following Union message: “General : Under instructions from Major-General Burnside. commanding the Army of the Ohio. I address you this communication for the purpose … Continue reading

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Burnside’s congratulations

The day before President Lincoln issued his proclamation of thanksgiving for the Confederate defeat at Knoxville, Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside congratulated his troops on their steadfast performance: “The Army of the Ohio has nobly guarded the loyal region it redeemed … Continue reading

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