Category Archives: Gen. James Longstreet

Reprise: General McLaws’ courts martial

Although convened in February, 1864, McLaws’ courts martial for dereliction of duty in the assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, was on-again, off-again, for the next several weeks. Finally, on March 11, the trial commenced at a private home in … Continue reading

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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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19th Century Weapon: The steam train

“In today’s world of tanks, bombers and submarines, it’s perhaps hard to believe that the train was once an amazingly mobile weapons platform. They might be locked to their rails, but for over a century trains were the fastest means … 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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Correction: “new gray shell jackets”

I’m now convinced I made a mistake in attributing the Mississippi Brigade’s new shell jackets to a gift from the state of North Carolina in the late summer of ’63 when their motley collection of railroad cars stopped en route from Petersburg, VA, … 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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