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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 12, 1863

Rumor about Rosecrans and Grant Printed

The Richmond Times Dispatch mentioned a rumor that Union General William Rosecrans was being transferred from his army in Tennessee to Virginia, and that Ulysses S. Grant would likely replace him. While this rumor was not factual at the time, Grant would replace Rosecrans following the first major battle fought on Georgia soil, now just over a month away.

Rumored removal of Rosecrans to Virginia. –The Chattanooga Rebel, of the 6th, is informed by a brother of Lieut Col. Wm. Ewing, who has just returned from Middle Tennessee, that Rosecrans no longer commands the Army of Tennessee, and that he has gone to Virginia. It is not known who will be his successor, but it is guaranteed that Grant will be immediately called to that position. The correspondent of the Memphis Appeal mentions the transfer of Rosecrans from Tennessee to Virginia as a rumor.