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April 22, 1864: What’s Sherman up to?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that Sherman is cutting loose from his base — an act of desperation, they say — and heading perhaps for Mobile, perhaps some places in Georgia. The situation in Mississippi. It is the general impression … Continue reading

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April 21, 1864: More bad news from the Red River

Edwin Stanton ******************************************** The extent of the blunder on the Red River is starting to become apparent, as Stanton and Grant learn that Sherman’s troops aren’t coming back anytime soon, and the low water has trapped the gunboats. Official Records: … Continue reading

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April 20, 1864: Banks still retreating.

Stanton informs Grant more about Banks’ troubles, and Banks continues to retreat. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, April 20, 1864 – 10.35 a. m. Lieutenant-General GRANT, Culpeper: Detailed telegraphic reports from Chicago, which you will see in this morning’s Chronicle, represent … Continue reading

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April 17, 1864: Grant wants Banks to hit Mobile

Grant was always a bit ambivalent about the Red River expedition, and the last thing he wants is for it to delay his planned attack on Mobile. He is developing a plan in which Banks will attack Mobile while Sherman … Continue reading

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April 16, 1864: Porter’s report to Sherman

Nathaniel Banks; not Porter’s favorite general. ************************************************************* Porter follows up on his brief dispatch with a lengthy report to Sherman. This unusually full and well-written document is notable in several ways. First, as before, Porter is disgusted with the management … Continue reading

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April 15, 1864: Futile struggling over the Red River

Apparently Sherman hasn’t yet received the dispatch from Porter saying that A.J.Smith’s troops will be late. He asks Grant to hurry Steele and hurries Steele himself, blaming Steele for the delay — in error, as it turns out. Meanwhile Banks … Continue reading

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April 14, 1864: Porter to Sherman: Sorry.

Porter writes in disgust to Sherman about the defeat and retreat of Banks’ army. The gunboats are in trouble due to low water on the Red River, and they can’t sent back A.J. Smith’s division as planned as a result. … Continue reading

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April 12, 1864: Fort Pillow

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s troops conducted an extended raid in western Kentucky and Tennessee starting in mid-March, 1864, and on April 12 they surrounded and captured Fort Pillow, 40 miles north of Memphis. The fort was defended largely by black Union … Continue reading

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April 11, 1864: Banks to Steele — retreating

Banks gives Steele the bad news. His claim of victory on the 8th is overdrawn, but his troops did win a tactical victory on the 9th at Pleasant Hill. Nevertheless, the campaign is over, and they’ve retreated to Grand Ecore. … Continue reading

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April 10, 1864: Need troops at Poplar Bluff

The Eleven Point River in southern Missouri ********************************* Just as a change of pace, a little news of affairs in extreme southern Missouri, where rebel guerrilla forces were causing constant problems for Union loyalists. The Unionists in the area petitioned … Continue reading

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