Category Archives: Vicksburg

October 12, 1865: More from Mississippi

As promised, the Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 12, 1865 ran the second installment of “Baldface”s report of his travels in Mississippi. This one has some fascinating stuff: the destruction of the railroads, the value of black soldiers, class … Continue reading

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October 5, 1865: A visit to Mississippi

The Cape Girardeau Argus prints a letter from a local who is traveling down the river to Mississippi. It’s interesting how quickly battle sites became objects of tourist interest. The writer’s account of seeing Fort Pillow shows how strongly the … Continue reading

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October 4, 1863: Sherman is coming to East Tennessee, despite the death of his son

Willy Sherman was with his father off and on from the start of the conflict — they witnessed the Camp Jackson riot together in St. Louis. Sadly, the swampy Vicksburg climate was too much for him. Sherman, consumed by grief, … Continue reading

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August 31, 1863: Grant still at Vicksburg

Grant is anxious to get moving, but awaits orders. Meanwhile, local whites find that intimidating the freedmen can backfire. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Vicksburg, Miss., August 30, 1863. General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: I shall … Continue reading

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August 10, 1863: Navigation of the Mississippi

The New York Times argues that the Mississippi has been abandoned by the Confederate forces, so any guerrillas who continue to harass shipping should be dealt with summarily. The Navigation of the Mississippi. Though a month has now elapsed since … Continue reading

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July 16, 1863: Trouble with parolees

General Pemberton is having some difficulty dealing with the huge numbers of paroled soldiers in his command, as Grant had hoped. They can’t fight, but they’re supposed to stay under military command and do nothing — not a good situation … Continue reading

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July 9, 1863: Who needs Vicksburg?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch finally got the news that Vicksburg had fallen. So, of course, the message now is that Vicksburg wasn’t really important to the South at all. The possession of the Mississippi river–Vicksburg and Port Hudson The Jackson … Continue reading

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July 8, 1863: News of Vicksburg gets to New York

The New York Times reports the surrender of Vicksburg, and again lionizes General Grant. WASHINGTON, Tuesday, July 7 — 1 P.M. CAIRO, Ill., Tuesday, July 7. The dispatch boat has just arrived here from Vicksburgh. She left at 10 o’clock … Continue reading

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July 8, 1863: Johnston has Grant right where he wants him

No, the Richmond Daily Dispatch still hasn’t given up on Vicksburg. Vicksburg. It is evident, from the intelligence which we publish in another column, that Grant begins to feel the pressure of the iron-hand which Johnston has cast around him. … Continue reading

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July 7, 1863: Fourth of July this year and last

From the New York Times, a celebration of the victory at Gettysburg and anticipation of good news from Vicksburg. THE FOURTH OF JULY 1863 AND 1862. The difference between the Fourth of July which has just passed and the one … Continue reading

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