Friday, June 8, 2012

Halleck's Reward

On this day in 1862, Major-General Henry Halleck, Commanding the Department of the Mississippi is made responsible for all of Tennessee and Kentucky.  The rush to complete the Memphis & Charleston RR is now seen as part of the greater plan to drive the Confederates from Chattanooga.

The Seventeenth was also rewarded with a day of recovery from the four-day march.  The Fourth Division remained at Smith's Cross-Roads for another night.

WASHINGTON, June 8, 1862.
Major-General HALLECK, Corinth, Miss.:

We are changing one of the departmental lines, so as to give you all of Kentucky and Tennessee. In your movement upon Chattanooga I think it probable that you include some combination of the force near Cumberland Gap under General Morgan. Do you?


Overview of the entire Western Theater during the Civil War, courtesy of

Meanwhile, Wood is at Bear Creek, supplying regiments in a daily rotation to the project of rebuilding the bridge.  When not on duty, the men enjoyed the fresh water of a nearby swimming hole.  This was a great time of physical and mental recovery from the two months that had passed since Shiolh.

*ORE correspondence courtesy of my Favorite Link, Ohio State's eHistory

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