Category Archives: Stephen A. Hurlbut

April 27, 1864: Hurlbut complains

Grant had Sherman relieve Hurlbut from command of the western Tennessee theater on April 16, 1864: “There has been marked timidity in the management of affairs since Forrest passed north of Memphis. General Grant orders me to relieve you. You … Continue reading

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January 11, 1864: Sherman orders troops to Mississippi

Sherman prepares the inland Mississippi expedition. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Memphis, Tenn., January 11, 1864. Brigadier General A. J. SMITH, Commanding District of Columbus, Columbus, Ky.: GENERAL: Major General W. T. Sherman, commanding department, orders that two divisions, … Continue reading

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November 12, 1863: Sherman thinks Corinth is a waste of effort

Sherman wishes Corinth and its railroads could just be abandoned. WINCHESTER, November 12, 1863. (Received 15th.) Major-General HURLBUT, Memphis: I reached Winchester yesterday with the advance of the Fifteenth Army Corps, and shall be at Bridgeport to-morrow; road is long … Continue reading

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November 10, 1863: Cannibalizing the railroads

Grant orders Hurlbut to take up the railroads northwest and south of Memphis and ship the materials east to Nashville, for use in his campaign on the east side of the state. (Chairs are metal devices that hold the rails … Continue reading

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October 1, 1863: Reinforcements coming to Chattanooga

Joe Johnston informs Bragg that a lot more Yankees are coming. Official Records: BETWEEN ABBEVILLE AND ROCKY FORD, October 1, 1863. General BRAGG, Near Chattanooga: Captain Henderson reports that on the 28th four major-generals were at Memphis. Sherman’s corps moving … Continue reading

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August 11, 1863: Hurlbut’s suggestions for reconstruction

General Hurlbut sends his suggestions to Lincoln for the reconstruction of captured Mississippi. As he says, the Confederacy is the embodiment of treason, there can be no treaties with it. The people who live in the southern states can deal … Continue reading

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August 5, 1863: Fighting malaria in Memphis

Gen. Hurlbut orders that all working parties have to take “bitters” — quinine. Malaria was a very real problem in the South up until after World War II. Official Records GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 105. Memphis, Tenn., … Continue reading

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August 4, 1863: Cavalry to Grenada

Grant is working now on plans to secure all of Mississippi, and in particular to salvage as many railroad cars and locomotives as possible. Sherman is responding here to orders to send cavalry north from Vicksburg to Grenada, with infantry … Continue reading

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June 7, 1863: Hurlbut worried about Memphis

Stephen A. Hurlbut Official Records: MEMPHIS, TENN., June 7, 1863. Lieutenant Colonel John A. RAWLINS, Assistant Adjutant-GENERAL: SIR: I ask leave through you to suggest to the major-general commanding the necessity, as soon as may be done, of an expedition … Continue reading

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June 5, 1863: Halleck to Hurlbut

Stephen A. Hurlbut *********************************** Halleck to Hurlbut: Troops are headed for Grant, and watch out for Johnston moving north Official Records: WASHINGTON, June 5, 1863-9. 30 a. m. Major-General HURLBUT, Memphis, Tenn.: Eight thousand men go to General Grant from … Continue reading

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