- Army of the Cumberland
Army of the Cumberland
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Active October 24, 1862 – August 1, 1865 Country United States of America Branch United States Army Engagements American Civil War Commanders Notable
William S. Rosecrans
George H. Thomas
The origin of the Army of the Cumberland dates back to the creation of the Army of the Ohio in November 1861, under the command of Brig. Gen. Robert Anderson. The army fought under the name Army of the Ohio until Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans assumed command of the army and the Department of the Cumberland and changed the name of the combined entity to the Army of the Cumberland. When Rosecrans assumed command, the army and the XIV Corps were the same unit, divided into three wings commanded by Alexander McCook (Right Wing), George H. Thomas (Center), and Thomas L. Crittenden (Left).
General Orders No. 168 was the order passed by the Union Army on October 24th, 1862, that called for the commissioning of the XIII Corps and the XIV Corps into the Army of the Cumberland under the command of Maj. Gen Ulysses S. Grant.
The army's first significant combat under the Cumberland name was at the Battle of Stones River. After the battle the army and XIV Corps were separated. The former Center wing became XIV Corps, the Right wing became XX Corps, and the Left wing became XXI Corps. Rosecrans still retained command of the army. He next led it through the Tullahoma Campaign and at the Battle of Chickamauga, after which the army became besieged at Chattanooga. Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant arrived at Chattanooga to assume command of the Army of the Cumberland, Army of the Tennessee, and reinforcements from the Army of the Potomac. Rosecrans had been a popular and respected commander, but because of his defeat at Chickamauga and inability to lift the Confederate siege, Grant chose to replace him with George H. Thomas on October 28, 1863.
In the Battles for Chattanooga, Grant had been leery of using the Army of the Cumberland in the main fighting, fearing their morale to be too low after the defeat at Chickamauga. Instead, he used the veterans from the Army of the Potomac, proud of their recent victory at the Battle of Gettysburg, to take Lookout Mountain and planned to use the troops from the Army of the Tennessee, also recent victors at the Siege of Vicksburg, to attack the Confederate right flank on Missionary Ridge. The Army of the Cumberland was given the minor task of seizing the rifle pits at the base of Missionary Ridge. However, once they achieved their objective, four divisions (one led by Philip H. Sheridan) stormed up the ridge and routed the Confederate center. When Grant angrily asked who had ordered those troops up the ridge both Thomas and Gordon Granger, a corps commander in the army, responded they did not know. Granger then replied, "Once those boys get started, all hell can't stop 'em."
After Grant's victory at Chattanooga earned him promotion to general-in-chief of the U.S. Army, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman assumed command of Grant's Military Division of the Mississippi, which controlled all Union armies in the West. He created an "army group" of the Army of the Cumberland, the Army of the Tennessee, and the Army of the Ohio and marched towards Atlanta in May 1864. On the way to Atlanta they fought in many battles and skirmishes including the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. In September, Atlanta fell to Sherman's army group. When Confederate general John B. Hood moved north from Atlanta, Sherman chose not to follow him and instead dispatched some of the Army of the Cumberland (IV Corps and Provisional Detachment) and the Army of the Ohio (XXIII Corps) after him. Thomas finally met Hood at the Battle of Nashville and crushed him, thus bringing to an end any significant military actions for the Army of the Cumberland. Other elements of the Army of the Cumberland (the XIV and XX Corps) marched to the sea and north through the Carolinas with Sherman, under the command of Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum. These forces became the Union's Army of Georgia and participated in the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington, D.C., before President Andrew Johnson in 1865.
Commander From To Major Battles and Campaigns Major General William S. Rosecrans October 24, 1862 October 19, 1863 Stones River, Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga Major General George H. Thomas October 19, 1863 August 1, 1865 Chattanooga, Atlanta Campaign, Franklin, Nashville
Orders of battle
- Stones River Union order of battle
- Chickamauga Union order of battle
- Chattanooga Union order of battle
- Atlanta Campaign Union order of battle
- Peachtree Creek Union order of battle
- Nashville Union order of battle
- Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher. Civil War High Commands. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- Organization of U.S. Forces in the Civil War
Union Army Formations
- Daniel, Larry J. Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland, 1861–1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0-8071-3191-6.
- Hunt, Robert Eno. The Good Men Who Won the War: Army of the Cumberland Veterans and Emancipation Memory. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-8173-1688-4.
- Prokopowicz, Gerald J. All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861–1862. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8078-2626-X.
- Van Horne, Thomas B. The Army of the Cumberland: Its Organizations, Campaigns, and Battles. New York: Smithmark Publishers, 1996. ISBN 0-8317-5621-7. First published 1885 by Robert Clarke & Co.
- Department of the East: District of Central New York, District of Massachusetts, District of Western New York
- Department of the Pacific: District of Arizona, District of Humboldt, District of Oregon, District of California, District of Southern California, District of Utah
- Department of the Potomac
- Department of the South: District of Florida, District of Hilton Head, District of North Carolina, District of Savannah, Northern District (Charleston)
- Department of Virginia and North Carolina: District of Eastern Virginia, District of North Carolina
- Middle Department: Department of Rappahannock, Department of Shenandoah, Mountain Department, District of Baltimore, District of Eastern Shore
- Department of Pennsylvania: Department of the Monongahela, Department of the Susquehanna
- Department of Washington: District of Alexandria, District of Saint Mary's, District of Washington, District of Annapolis
- Department of West Virginia: District of Harper's Ferry, Kanawha District
Division of the
- Cavalry Corps of the Military Division of the Mississippi
- Department of the Cumberland: District of the Etowah, District of Middle Tennessee, District of Northern Alabama, District of West Tennessee
- Department of the Ohio: District of East Tennessee, Department of Kentucky, District of Cairo, District of Western Kentucky
- Northern Department: District of Indiana, District of Illinois, District of Michigan
- Department of Arkansas: District of Eastern Arkansas, District of the Frontier, District of Little Rock
- Department of the Gulf: District of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson, District of Carrollton, District of Key West and Tortugas, District of La Fourche, District of West Florida and South Alabama
- Department of Kansas: District of Colorado (military), District of Nebraska, District of North Kansas, District of South Kansas, District of Upper Arkansas
- Department of Missouri: District of Central Missouri, District of North Missouri, District of Rolla, District of Saint Louis, District of Southwest Missouri
- Department of New Mexico: District of Arizona
- Department of the Northwest: District of Iowa, District of Minnesota, District of Wisconsin
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