12 thoughts on “October 23, 1863

  1. Bob Nelson October 23, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Sorry, can’t identify them all. Do recognize Grant in front of the fireplace, Thomas standing to the right of the mantle and “Baldy” Smith to the left. On the 23rd, Grant met with his officers in Chattanooga. During the meeting, some of them indicated a route (or routes) by which Rosecrans had planned to evacuate the city. “They pointed out on the map the line marked with red or blue pencil,” Grant later wrote.

  2. Corey Meyer October 23, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Grant in front of the fireplace, Thomas next to it on right. Is that O. O Howard on the far left?

    Grant is telling the officer taking his hat off to shut the door…asking if he was born in a barn.


  3. Pat Young October 23, 2013 / 7:13 pm

    Grant and Thomas inviting Rosecrans to fling himself into the fire.

  4. Ichabod Crane October 23, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    As Howard, Grant, and Thomas ponder the supply of Chattanooga, the tabled general exclaims
    ” Well the tea leaves, AND the bell, book, and candle predict Sherman will take Atlanta AND
    burn it to the ground. —Incredible!”

    Enters a stranger:
    “How do you do. My name is Orlando Poe, on my way back to Knoxville.”

  5. Stefan October 23, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    From left to right: Charles A. Dana (?) (foreground), J. A. Rawlins, James H. Wilson, William F. Smith, U. S. Grant, George H. Thomas, Horace Porter.

  6. Norm October 24, 2013 / 5:31 am

    Officer (Porter?) entering the room: “There is a woman outside name of Chastain. Says she has a wagon load of flags for you.”

    Grant, gesturing toward the fireplace: “Grand! I have just the place for them!”

  7. John Foskett October 24, 2013 / 8:11 am

    Thomas to Poe: “Nobody brought a match. Care to help the General light his stogie?”

  8. Tony October 24, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    I’m sure Grant’s thinking don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

    • Tony October 25, 2013 / 5:01 am

      Doh, I thought the guy bidding farewell must have been Rosecrans, but Grant met him en route. Who is that?

  9. Mark H. Dunkelman October 24, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    From left to right, John A. Rawlins, Charles A. Dana, James H. Wilson, William F. “Baldy” Smith, Grant, Thomas, and Captain Horace Porter. The image appeared as an illustration in Porter’s book “Campaigning with Grant,” and depicts the book’s opening scene, in which Porter was summoned to Thomas’s headquarters in Chattanooga and met Grant for the first time. So my caption for the picture would be “A Hero-Worshipper Meets His Subject.”

  10. Will Hickox October 24, 2013 / 3:20 pm

    Two guys with an awkward mutual dislike (Grant and Thomas) joyously greet the arrival of a third party (Porter) so they won’t have to talk to each other.

  11. jfepperson October 26, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Are we sure that is Wilson? Doesn’t look like other pics of him I have seen. I agree on the others, although I would not have recognized Dana. I like Norm’s idea for a caption.

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