Category Archives: John A. McClernand

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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June 27, 1863: McClernand appeals to Stanton

Having been summarily dismissed by Grant, McClernand turns once again to the secretary of war for support. This time, though, he’ll have difficulty finding anyone to take his side against the general who is about to take Vicksburg. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., … Continue reading

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June 19, 1863: Ord takes command.

McClernand is out, and Ord takes command of the XIII Corps. Official Records: By order of Major General U. S. Grant: [JNO. A. RAWLINS,] Assistant Adjutant-General. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 1. near Vicksburg, June 19, 1863. In … Continue reading

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June 18, 1863: McPherson’s response to McClernand

McPherson didn’t take kindly to McClernand’s “congratulatory order” denigrating the efforts of his corps. Official Records: HDQRS. 17TH ARMY CORPS, DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE, near Vicksburg, MISS, June 18, 1863. Major-General GRANT, Comdg. Dept. of the Tennessee: GENERAL: My attention … Continue reading

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June 18, 1863: McClernand is out

McClernand confirms that he issued Order #72, and Grant fires him. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, June 18, 1863. Major-General GRANT: I have just returned. The newspaper slip is a correct copy of my congratulatory order Number 72. I … Continue reading

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June 17, 1863: Sherman’s response to McClernand

Sherman notes that McClernand’s self-congratulatory order was inaccurate in many ways, and accuses McClernand of making a false claim to have taken several forts at Vicksburg, leading Sherman to send troops needlessly to their deaths. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS Fifteenth ARMY … Continue reading

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June 13, 1863: McClernand’s Order #72 gets him in hot water

About this time, the Northern papers started reaching the Vicksburg lines with reports of McClernand’s “General Order #72″. This was not, in fact, an order, but a congratulatory (largely *self*congratulatory) address to his 13th Army Corps as they settled into … Continue reading

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May 22, 1863: Second assault on the Blockade Redan

Click for large map. Grant discussed the situation at Vicksburg with his senior officers; it was a rare instance where he came close to a council of war, and he was persuaded to try another assault. Sherman felt that his … Continue reading

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May 19, 1863: First Assault on the Blockade Redan

Thomas Kilby Smith *************************** Pursuing the retreating Confederates into Vicksburg, Grant was determined to assault the works immediately, rather than give them time to rest and regroup. He ordered all the available troops from his three corps to attack. With … Continue reading

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May 18, 1863: Bridging the Big Black

Pemberton’s retreating troops burned the bridge over the Big Black River, but McClernand’s engineers worked through the night under sniper fire to replace it. They continued the pursuit on the 18th. From McClernand’s report in the Official Records: Driven across … Continue reading

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