Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Link to Blog: Civil War Gazette

Link to Blog:

Civil War Gazette
What Happened in the Civil War Today?
https://civilwargazette.wordpress.com/

Scouts and Spies - Signal Corps - Signal Key Discovered

Federals learned the key in use by Confederate Signal Corps (1864). Confederates are aware of this fact by 19 April 1864: (OR Series 1, Vol.  32, Part 3, Correspondence, etc., page 795:

19 April 1864.
B. R. Johnson, Brig. Gen., Cmdg. Dept., at Bristol, Tenn., to General Johnston at Dalton, Georgia.

"...the Federals have the key to the signal in use in the Confederate signal corps. The key was obtained from a deserter."

Link to Correspondence about Confederate Signal Key
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152650/m1/804/


Such a fact is referenced "somewhere" by the Federals, who admitted that the scout who learned the key had foolishly let it out among the ranks, thus losing an important advantage; however, I can't put my hands on that source right now. I can't remember if it was in O.R. or Hurlburt, or both.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Scouting in Murray County, Georgia: near Waterhouse's Farm and Sumac Creek, March 1864


Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 3 (Correspondence, etc.), 101.
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152650/m1/110/

A.P. Campbell, 21 Mar. 1864, Cleveland, Tenn., to Brig.-Gen. William D. Whipple

"One of my scouts left Sumac Creek south of Waterhouse's farm at 12 o'clock last night, and reports having heard drums in a southwest direction from there in the evening."

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Citation:

United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 32, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc., book, 1891; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152650/m1/110/?q=Sumac%20creek%20south%20of%20Waterhouse%27s%20farm: accessed August 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

The following site has a text extract. The site references the Serial Set instead of the O.R. books, which makes it hard to find elsewhere; but it is searchable over a series of the official records.
https://ehistory.osu.edu/books/official-records/059/0101

Scouting, South of the Connesauga River - Murray County, Georgia, December 1863


(U.S. Scouting, Murray County, Georgia) "The country south of Connesauga River is infested by small parties driving off the stock and hunting conscripts."

15 Dec. 1863, Cleveland, Tenn., O.O. Howard to Major-General Sherman
Series 1, Vol. 31, Part 3 (Correspondence), p.416
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152608/m1/425/

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Citation: 

United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 31, In Three Parts. Part 3, Correspondence, etc., book, 1891; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152608/m1/425/?q=Connesauga%20River%20is%20infested: accessed August 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.
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Note: The name of the river in modern times is Conasauga River.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Burning of Mr. Southerland's house, Spring Place, Georgia (Feb. 1864)

Official Records, Series 1, Vol. 32, Part 2, page 375 

Reference to burning of Mr. Southerland's house in Spring Place, Georgia. Also, problems at Red Clay (Georgia or Tennessee).

D.S. Stanley to W.D. Whipple
12 February 1864

Ref: Spring Place, Murray County, Georgia, 1864

Thursday, March 23, 2017

To take and hold the railroad at or east of Cleveland... (Quote by Lincoln)

The Papers and Writing of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 6
(Project Gutenberg eBook)

Above book is the original source for quote about the importance of Cleveland, Tennessee, in the Civil War. It has been quoted by many authors, including Melba Murray (Bradley Divided).

Quotations: 

"The Chattanooga expedition must not on any account be given up." (Stanton to Halleck)

"To take and hold the railroad at or east of Cleveland, in East Tennessee, I think fully as important as the taking and holding of Richmond." (Lincoln to Halleck)
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Other volumes by Lincoln at Project Gutenberg
Link to Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/3

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Official Records, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 2 (links, partial)

Post incomplete - need complete title, description of series, etc. Here are quick links.

Quick links --

War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 40, in Three Parts

Official Records, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 1
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth145052/?q=war%20of%20the%20rebellion%20series%201%2C%20volume%2040.

Official Records, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 2
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146046/?q=war%20of%20the%20rebellion%20series%201%2C%20volume%2040.

Official Records, Series 1, Volume 40, Part 3
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146047/?q=war%20of%20the%20rebellion%20series%201%2C%20volume%2040.


NOTE: I think there are "Additions and Corrections" for this volume, as well!