- Nov 10, 2006
Created by Grant.Speaking of "OLd Burn", I would add only that one of the millstones hampering Grant in executing his maneuvers was the convoluted status of Burnside/IX Corps in the Army of the Potomac command arrangements that were dumped on Grant.
The 9th Corps was designated to be an expeditionary force for Fort Fisher. Using false intelligence that Longstreet was in the valley he persuaded Halleck and Stanton that they should move to Manassas Junction to cover Washington when Grant's army cross the Rappahannock. They reluctantly agreed, and Grant was allowed to use them for a short period, but then they should be returned to Annapolis for embarkation. Grant then exceeded his order and called them into the Wilderness essentially on first contact.