Tag: William S. Rosecrans

Rosecrans: The North’s Great Anti-slavery General

Major General William S. Rosecrans enjoyed a prominence and popularity in the middle of the Civil War equaled by few commanders on the Union side. After his successful fight at the Battle of Stones River on January 2, 1863, the Republican New York Times compared him to Napoleon and other great military minds of the past, declaring, “Gen. Rosecrans, if… Read more →

“Great Injustice Has Been Done Me”: Rosecrans, Greeley, and the Battle of Chickamauga

Though a conservative Catholic Democrat before 1861, General William S. Rosecrans courted the support of radical Republicans during the American Civil War. His friendship with fellow Ohioans such as Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, Senator Benjamin Wade, and Congressman James A. Garfield was forged by their mutual desire to save the Union and destroy slavery. Rosecrans’s victory at… Read more →

Rosecrans in His Own Words (Part 2)

Having published the first half of General William S. Rosecrans’s personal report last month, I am now glad to be able to present the second part. This section follows Rosecrans from the spring of 1863 through the Tullahoma campaign, the capture of Chattanooga, his defeat at Chickamauga, and his ten-month long command of the Department of Missouri. It finishes with… Read more →

Rosecrans in His Own Words (Part 1)

Despite his family’s pleadings, William S. Rosecrans never wrote his memoirs. Although he did pen several small articles about a few of his battles, Rosecrans preferred to focus on regaining his honor and fortune in western mining and railroad ventures to taking the time to tell his side of the story. That turned out to be a bad decision on… Read more →

William S. Rosecrans and the Politics of Reconciliation

In the spring of 1865, as prospects for Union victory became brighter with each passing week, Major General William Starke Rosecrans found himself and his once promising military career in utter ruin. Despite winning a number of battles between the fall of 1861 and the summer of 1863, “Old Rosy” had been spectacularly defeated at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863,… Read more →

The Battle of Stones River

“The Battle of Stones River.” Essential Civil War Curriculum (September 2015). www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com. My latest piece¹ for the Essential Civil War Curriculum, hosted by Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, is about the Battle of Stones River. Fought on December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1862 between General William S. Rosecrans’s Union army and General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate… Read more →