Category Archives: Francis Preston Blair

November 2, 1865: Blair and the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 2, 1865 reports on the convention held in St. Louis to marshal opposition to Missouri’s 1865 Constitution. The star of the show was Gen. Frank Blair, scion of a politically powerful Missouri family, and … Continue reading

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March 8, 1865: Gentler treatment of North Carolina

Several generals have complained about the devastation caused by unsupervised foragers, and the general vindictiveness shown by the Union troops against South Carolina, the leader of the secession movement. Now that Sherman’s men are crossing into North Carolina, the new … Continue reading

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December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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November 20, 1864: Kilpatrick feints on Macon, Blair’s men plunder plantations

From Sherman’s official report: During the 22nd [20th] General Kilpatrick made a good feint on Macon, driving the enemy within his intrenchments, and then drew back to Griswoldville, where Walcutt’s brigade of infantry joined him to cover that flank, whilst … Continue reading

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June 3, 1863: Grant goes after Johnston

Brig. Gen. Nathan Kimball Click for large map. ************************************ Contrary to the Richmond Daily Dispatch’s claims, Grant had an excellent supply line on the Yazoo River as long as he held Snyder’s Bluff, north of Vicksburg. His concern was that … Continue reading

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May 19, 1863: First Assault on the Blockade Redan

Thomas Kilby Smith *************************** Pursuing the retreating Confederates into Vicksburg, Grant was determined to assault the works immediately, rather than give them time to rest and regroup. He ordered all the available troops from his three corps to attack. With … Continue reading

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May 6, 1863: Sherman’s coming. And he’s not a fan of the press.

Sherman is moving most of his troops across the river to join Grant. He notes the loss of one of the tugs in running the batteries; this particular vessel carried some reporters, not Sherman’s favorite people. As it turns out, … Continue reading

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