Category Archives: Military

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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April 9, 1864: Pleasant Hill

Nathaniel Banks ***************************** In an excerpt from Banks’ report on the Red River Campaign, he takes up where he had left off after the battle of Mansfield to describe the battle of Pleasant Hill. Taylor attacked Banks’ forces again the … Continue reading

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April 8, 1864: Mansfield

Nathaniel Banks ***************************** In an excerpt from Banks’ report to Stanton about the Red River campaign, he describes the battle of Mansfield. Banks’ troops were attacked by a somewhat larger force under Confederate General Richard Taylor, and in some prolonged … Continue reading

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April 7, 1864: Confederate trade through Mexico

McClernand protests to the military governor of Tamaulipas that the Confederates are shipping supplies through Mexico. The military governor says he’s sorry, but he can’t do anything about it. Official Records: BROWNSVILLE, TEX., April 7, 1864. His Excellency JUAN N. … Continue reading

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April 6, 1864: Selecting the shallow-draft boats for Shreveport

Gen. Charles P. Stone and daughter Hettie **************************************************** The Red River campaign continues. The Union forces have captured Natchitoches, and are preparing for the next 75 miles up to Shreveport. The river is low, however, and many of their transports … Continue reading

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