There was a lull in the Civil War in the fall of 1862.
In the east, Gen. George McClellan failed to follow up the battle of Antietam with an aggressive pursuit of Robert E. Lee’s army as it trailed back into Virginia. When McClellan said one of the reasons he couldn’t pursue Lee was that his cavalry horses were worn out, President Lincoln wondered what they had been doing to be worn out.
In the West, Ulysses S. Grant was at Corinth, getting ready for his first move against Vicksburg, and in central Tennessee William S. Rosecrans replaced Don Carlos Buell as commander of the Army of the Ohio in Nashville at the end of October. That army was renamed the Army of the Cumberland and would fight its first major battle under that name at Stone’s River, near Murphreesboro, Tenn., at the end of the year.
Gen. George W. Morgan was in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley, serving under Gen. Jacob D. Cox. He had successfully extricated his division from Cumberland Gap in September, when Gen. Braxton Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky cut off his supply routes.
The Democratic Banner had reported him back in Mount Vernon. He apparently spent November defending Charleston, W.Va., but by the end of December he was commanding the Third Brigade of the 13th Corp under Gen. William T. Sherman at the battle of Chickasaw Bluffs.
Meanwhile, the recruiting and organizing of new regiments continued.
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