Category Archives: John A. McClernand

May 17, 1863: Battle of the Big Black River Bridge

Click for large map. Grant’s forces pursued Pemberton’s fleeing Confederates westward after the battle of Champion Hill. They caught up with them at the bridge over the Big Black River, where Pemberton’s troops had put up a fortification of cotton … Continue reading

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May 16, 1863: Battle of Champion Hill

Click for large map. Grant sent McPherson east from Clinton toward Edwards’ Station, where he expected to meet Pemberton’s advance. He ordered McClernand to move northwest from Raymond toward the same goal, and Sherman to move west from Jackson. His … Continue reading

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May 15, 1863: Grant moves west

Click for large map. The message that Fred Grant saw his father receive in Jackson was a captured order from Johnston to Pemberton, saying that their armies should meet in Clinton. Grant was puzzled, as Johnston should have known the … Continue reading

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May 13, 1863: Moving toward Jackson

Grant ordered Sherman’s, McPherson’s, and McClernand’s corps to Jackson, MS. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRTEENTH A. C., Fourteen-Mile Creek, May 13, 1863. Brigadier-Generals HOVEY, OSTERHAUS, and CARR: DIVISION commanders are notified that the general commanding the department has changed the direction … Continue reading

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May 9, 1863: Bread, coffee, and salt

Click for large map. Sherman has made it up to Hankinson’s Ferry, but he’s concerned that there’s no way they can move their armies up to the railroad over the available roads. He recommends holding up troops and limiting wagons. … Continue reading

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May 7, 1863: Grant heads for the railroad

Click for large map. Grant could force a crossing of the Big Black and slog overland directly toward Vicksburg, but once again, he chooses to move northeast and attack Pemberton’s supply lines. If he can break the railroad line between … Continue reading

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May 1, 1863: Battle of Port Gibson

The Shaifer House, photo by Rob Shenk ********************* Click for large map. Grant’s immediate problem on landing at Bruinsburg was to expand his perimeter. His supply line south along the Louisiana shore and across to Bruinsburg was long and arduous. … Continue reading

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April 30, 1863: “I was on dry ground on the same side of the river with the enemy.”

Click for large map. Grant and Porter agreed that it was not going to be possible to knock out the batteries of Grand Gulf with naval power alone. With characteristic aggressiveness, Grant took the transports downriver to Dashroon’s Plantation on … Continue reading

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April 29, 1863: Attack on Grand Gulf

John S. Bowen ****************************** New map! Click for large map. *********************************** Grand Gulf was Grant’s first choice of a landing site on the east side of the Mississippi. The Confederates had fortified it well, even if Gen. Stevenson didn’t think … Continue reading

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April 26, 1863: McClernand has ideas for the assault

McClernand suggests some moves. Maybe he could march to Hard Times. On the other hand, if the Confederates are pulling troops out of Vicksburg to fortify Grand Gulf, maybe Grant should attack on both sides of Vicksburg. This turns out … Continue reading

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