Category Archives: Union military

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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April 4, 1864: Sherman to go after Johnston

Grant lays out his strategy for Sherman. His orders to him are to go after Johnston and go as deep into the South as possible. But his trust in Sherman’s judgment is evident: “I do not propose to lay down … Continue reading

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April 3, 1864: Sherman to Porter — time to go after Forrest

Sherman has heard from Admiral Porter about the success (so far) of the Red River campaign, and he emphasizes that he wants his troops back. What with Forrest raiding Paducah, Sherman would like to move some forces up to the … Continue reading

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March 28, 1864: The Final Solution to the Indian problem

Gen. Pope, banished to the Northwest to deal with hostile native Americans, pleads forgiveness for his delay in sending requested troops to the Army of the Potomac. He needs them to put down an expected Sioux uprising, and he uses … Continue reading

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March 27, 1864: Banks’ black troops

Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Alexandria, March 27, 1864 ADJUTANT-GENERAL OF THE ARMY, Washington, D. C.: SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 7th instant, relating to the organization of the … Continue reading

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March 24, 1864: Smith takes Fort De Russey

The New York Times reports on a success in the Red River campaign. CINCINNATI, Thursday, March 24. A dispatch from Cairo says: “We have good news from the Red River expedition, which comes from undoubted authority. Gen. A.J. SMITH landed … Continue reading

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March 23, 1864: McClellan for president.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports without comment, but undoubtedly with some glee, on a rally nominating George McClellan for president in the upcoming election. McClellan meeting in New York. –A monster mass meeting was held in New York city on … Continue reading

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March 18, 1864: Grant to Banks

Grant clarifies the plan for the Red River expedition. It’s important to take Shreveport — Grant says in order to reduce the number of troops required to hold the Mississippi — but it’s even more important to get Sherman’s detached … Continue reading

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March 17, 1864: Grant takes command

Official Records: GENERAL ORDERS, NASHVILLE, Numbers 1. March 17, 1864. In pursuance of the following order of the President- EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, D. C., March, 1864. Under the authority of an act Congress to revive the grade of lieutenant-general in … Continue reading

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March 15, 1864: Porter takes Fort DeRussy

Admiral Porter has the first success of the Red River campaign, taking the lower river stronghold of Fort DeRussy, near modern Marksville, LA. Official Records: MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON, FLAG-SHIP BLACK HAWK, Off Fort De Russy, March 15, 1864. Major General W. … Continue reading

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