Ellie Reno- A Female Soldier Asks Lincoln To Let Her Continue To Fight
A letter written by Ellie Reno, believed to have been the niece of Union Army Major General Jesse Reno. Ellie, along with several other women, disguised themselves as men in order to enlist. When her true sex was revealed, she wrote to Lincoln begging him to allow her to continue to fight.
It is unknown if Reno’s request was granted…
The letter, in part, reads, "I am the true blue and for that Noble Flag I am willing to die. I have been in the Army for nearly one year I am willing to do anything solely because I love liberty."
October 27th, 1863 (Siege of Chattanooga).
Hooker is apparently not a team player with Grant any more than he was with Rosecrans.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
BRIDGEPORT, October 27, 1863-6.30 a.m.
Troops are now just moving out for Shellmound and Raccoon Mountain. No evidence to show that the rebels will oppose the undertaking. Hooker came here from Stevenson last night. He is in an unfortunate state of mind for one who has to co-operate, fault finding, criticizing, dissatisfied. No doubt the chaos of Rosecrans’ administration is as bad as he describes, but he is quite as truculent toward the plan he is now to execute as toward the importance and confusion of the old regime.
[C. A. DANA.]
October 27th, 1863 (Siege of Chattanooga).
By 3am the full moon had set, leaving the Tennessee River veiled in darkened fog. General William Hazen and his men had boarded over-crowded pontoon boats and were floating with the current to Brown’s Ferry. There, a bridge would be hastily built to cross even more Federal troops. Before the dawn, two brigades of infantry would storm the Southern-held shore.
October 26th, 1863.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, October 26, 1863.
Maj. General JOSEPH HOOKER,
Your telegram of 10 p.m. last night received. Commence the movement to-morrow morning, 27th, and open and secure the railroad and wagon road from Bridgeport to Rankin’s Ferry, and thence as far toward Chattanooga as you can. General Palmer will co-operate with you at Rankin’s Ferry. We will cross a co-operating force at Brown’s Ferry, and take possession of the south bank there.
By command of Major-General Thomas:
J. J. REYNOLDS,
Major-General, and Chief of Staff.
Official Records, Series I., Vol. 31, Part 1, Page 47.
Hooker’s troops from Virginia were in North Alabama and ready to move to the relief of Thomas in Chattanooga. The key would be gaining a bridgehead at Brown’s Ferry, so the reenforcements could cross there. There would also involve a simultaneous advance up Lookout Valley, securing the Kelley’s Ferry Road. Turchin’s and Haen’s brigades of the 3rd Division, Fourth Corp were assigned the task of establishing the Brown’s Ferry Bridgehead.
October 26th, 1863 (Siege of Chattanooga).
Also after dark, Col. Oates (pictured, Confederate army) received a message from John Hunt Morgan’s Cavalry noting that the massed Federal troops at Bridgeport were clearly trying to cross the river. If the Yankees made it across, warned the message, Oates’ line of retreat would be cut off. With this information, Oates wrote General Longstreet himself, telling him of the new intelligence and of how he feared he would be attacked before dawn.
Before midnight, Oates’ courier to Longstreet returned. The message had been delivered, but no action was to be taken. The colonel laid down to finally get some rest, but would not long be able to sleep. By this time, it was well after midnight. The fog had settled along the Tennessee River, blanketing the coming Federal attack.
Not Robert E. Lee and his Sons, but rather General Robert E. Lee and his son, Major General George Washington Custis Lee, and Lee’s aide-de-camp, Colonel Walter Taylor - colorized!
This photograph was taken outside of a rented home in Richmond a week after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, and his family home for the past century had been turned in to a national cemetary and razed by Union forces.
Also fun fact, Robert E. Lee’s wife was the step-grandchild of George Washington.
October 25th, 1863 (Pine Bluff Court house).
Battle of Pine Bluff Statistics:
Location: Jefferson County Arkansas
Principle Commanders: Col. Powell Clayton [US]; Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke [CS]
Pine Bluff Garrison (US);
Newton’s Division, Greene’s Division, Monroe’s Brigade (CS)