Category Archives: David Hunter

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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December 14, 1863: Hunter’s report on Grant

David Hunter reports to Secretary of War Stanton. First, he gives a glowing report of Grant’s character and ability — including a note calculated to assuage fears about his rumored alcoholism: “he only took two drinks during the three weeks … Continue reading

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August 10, 1862: Hunter has to disband the First South Carolina Volunteers

David Hunter had overstepped his authority repeatedly on the issue of freeing and arming slaves, and the Union government still wasn’t ready for his ideas. Here he regretfully announces the disbanding of a regiment of freedmen in South Carolina. It … Continue reading

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June 23, 1862: Hunter’s response — what fugitive slaves? These men are chasing their “fugitive masters”.

As we’ve seen, Gen. David Hunter had caused some controversy with his abolitionist leanings. He freed slaves at Fort Pulaski; then he declared all the slaves in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida free — but Lincoln revoked his proclamation. Most … Continue reading

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June 14, 1862: More on Hunter arming the slaves

As we’ve seen, Congress made an official inquiry into General Hunter’s activities freeing and arming slaves. Hunter had a tendency to overstep his authority in the service of abolition, and the Lincoln administration wasn’t ready yet to have freedmen in … Continue reading

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June 9, 1862: Congress investigates Hunter arming slaves

As we’ve seen, David Hunter already had gotten himself in a bit of hot water by acts of unilateral abolition at Fort Pulaski. Lincoln revoked Hunter’s emancipation proclamation in Georgia. Here we see Congress looking into reports that Hunter had … Continue reading

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May 19, 1862: Hunter frees the slaves – Lincoln revokes his proclamation

Political general David Hunter, as we have seen, declared slaves free in the area when he captured Fort Pulaski, Georgia. On May 9, he declared all slaves free in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Lincoln wasn’t ready for this move … Continue reading

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April 13, 1862: Hunter frees the slaves at Ft. Pulaski

David Hunter Soon after Fort Pulaski surrendered, David Hunter exercised his abolitionist ideals by freeing all the slaves in the area. He would be chastised, but ultimately his views would win out. OR Ser 2, Vol 1, Pt 1, p. … Continue reading

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November 4, 1861: Hunter takes over in Missouri

Gen. David Hunter After a lot of drama instigated by a rather petulant Fremont, nothing much really happened. The confederates didn’t attack, and Hunter took over quietly. Fremont’s tumultuous role in the Western theater had come to an end. Meantime, … Continue reading

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November 2, 1861: Hunter takes command

Gen. David Hunter Fremont had called Hunter to bring reinforcements – now Hunter was replacing him. From the New York Times: SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Monday, Nov. 4, 1861. We have had stirring times here yesterday and today. Late on Saturday night, … Continue reading

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