Federal troops from the Army of the Potomac begin heading west in a remarkable display of logistics, while the Federal high command looks to possibly change the command structure in the Army of the Cumberland.
President Abraham Lincoln writes an irate message to Ambrose E. Burnside after Burnside’s repeated inability to reinforce William S. Rosecrans’s Federal army under siege in Chattanooga.
The Federal Army of the Cumberland completes its retreat into Chattanooga after its disastrous defeat at Chickamauga, and the Confederate Army of Tennessee cautiously pursues.
George G. Meade plans to advance against Robert E. Lee’s weakened Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, but only as part of a probing action.
Ambrose Burnside finally puts his Federal Army of the Ohio in motion in an effort to capture Knoxville in eastern Tennessee.
Braxton Bragg and his Confederate army look to take back Middle Tennessee, while the Lincoln administration continues pressuring William S. Rosecrans to advance.