Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Death of the Army of Tennessee

Patrick posted a few weeks ago about the "birth" of the Army of Tennessee, and I thought it fitting that the date of its' death should be likewise noted. Today marks the 144th anniversary of the battle of Nashville. Although Joe Johnston would surrender a "Army of Tennessee", when you look at the order of battle, only one small corps was made up of what was left after Nashville and the disasterous retreat that followed.

6 comments:

C. Young said...

Where exactly was Sam Watkins at this point in his life?? Could he have been with Jenny?? Tisk, Tisk...no pension for you...sniff, sniff...

ghost said...

One division of the AOT was sent to Mobile and were involved in the battles of Spanish Fort and Blakely.

Lee White said...

True,
French's Division was sent to Mobile to aide in the defence of that city. Although, showing some bias here, I still see French, Loring, etc., as Army of Mississippi. Still, what had been the core of the AoT was gone after Nashville, the list of casualties in the Tennessee Campaign bear witness to that.

C. Young said...

I tend to agree that Loring, French, and to my chagrin sometimes,Carter Stevenson are in my eyes, Army of Mississippi units. I would consider the core unit make up of the Army of Tennessee to be those military units present at name change of the Army of the Mississippi to the Army of Tennessee.

SDE80 said...

Prejudice is a bad thing, Lee. And elements of the old AOM had served with the AOT at earlier points in the war, such as Reynolds' Brigade and Ectors' Brigade.

C. Young said...

We should probably take the grueling opportunity to count months and years of service with each army or department to determine who really belongs where!!!! Thanks Sam!! Just Kidding!