Category Archives: David Porter

December 29: Porter invites Sherman to come take Fort Fisher

Admiral Porter writes to Sherman that he hopes Sherman hurries to North Carolina to take Fort Fisher, after Butler bungled it. Apparently Porter doesn’t have a very high opinion of political generals. Unfortunately I think that Porter is unaware of … Continue reading

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September 21, 1864: Sherman proposes a grand strategy

Sherman has a plan that sort of sounds like he forgot who was in charge of the Union armies. In any case, his idea is that while the fleet threatens Mobile as a distraction, Grant should take Savannah, and then … Continue reading

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April 16, 1864: Porter’s report to Sherman

Nathaniel Banks; not Porter’s favorite general. ************************************************************* Porter follows up on his brief dispatch with a lengthy report to Sherman. This unusually full and well-written document is notable in several ways. First, as before, Porter is disgusted with the management … Continue reading

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April 14, 1864: Porter to Sherman: Sorry.

Porter writes in disgust to Sherman about the defeat and retreat of Banks’ army. The gunboats are in trouble due to low water on the Red River, and they can’t sent back A.J. Smith’s division as planned as a result. … Continue reading

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April 9, 1864: Pleasant Hill

Nathaniel Banks ***************************** In an excerpt from Banks’ report on the Red River Campaign, he takes up where he had left off after the battle of Mansfield to describe the battle of Pleasant Hill. Taylor attacked Banks’ forces again the … Continue reading

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April 3, 1864: Sherman to Porter — time to go after Forrest

Sherman has heard from Admiral Porter about the success (so far) of the Red River campaign, and he emphasizes that he wants his troops back. What with Forrest raiding Paducah, Sherman would like to move some forces up to the … Continue reading

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March 15, 1864: Porter takes Fort DeRussy

Admiral Porter has the first success of the Red River campaign, taking the lower river stronghold of Fort DeRussy, near modern Marksville, LA. Official Records: MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON, FLAG-SHIP BLACK HAWK, Off Fort De Russy, March 15, 1864. Major General W. … Continue reading

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March 10, 1864: Red River Campaign off to an inauspicious start

Nathaniel P. Banks **************************************88 First of all, Sherman has sent a substantial force to the Red River to help Banks and Steele. He wants them back in no more than 30 days, so he can put them to work in … Continue reading

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January 30, 1864: Instructions to McPherson

Sherman continues preparations for the Meridian expedition. Here he instructs McPherson to take infantry inland, in cooperation with Porter on the rivers, to harry the secessionists and destroy transport. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Vicksburg, Miss., January 30, … Continue reading

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October 15, 1863: Tennessee River falling

There’s been some back-and-forth between Porter and Sherman asking if the river fleet can come up the Tennessee to supply Chattanooga. The answer appears to be no. Official Records: Honorable GIDEON WELLES, Washington: SIR: The Tennessee is falling again, and … Continue reading

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