Category Archives: Mobile

October 4, 1864: Grant sides with Sherman

Yesterday, Halleck wrote to Grant to urge him (although he denied that was what he was doing) to send Sherman to Mobile rather than Savannah. Grant replies that Savannah is the only viable option now. Official Records: CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. ARMIES … Continue reading

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October 2, 1864: Halleck doesn’t like Sherman’s plan

Sherman wrote to Grant yesterday that he views Hood’s advance northward as leaving Georgia open to attack. He has floated the idea of heading for the Georgia capital, Milledgeville, and ultimately to Savannah. Back in August, he suggested that if … Continue reading

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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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February 22, 1864: Sherman’s forces “stalled” at Meridian

The Richmond Daily Dispatch takes some pleasure in the fact that Sherman’s Mississippi expedition has “stalled” at Meridian. As we’ve seen, that was the target all along, and Sherman has succeeded in destroying a vital rail link to Mobile. The … Continue reading

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February 20, 1864: Yankee and Southern women

A couple of items in the Mobile Register and Advertiser juxtapose a story involving a southern woman with one about a Northern one, perhaps with some intent that a lesson be drawn. Yankee women dress like men and go to … Continue reading

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January 15, 1864: Grant’s plans

Grant writes to Halleck to discuss broad plans. Johnston wasn’t the only one with supply problems in east Tennessee. Grant reports that there’s no use sending reinforcements there, because they’d just starve. Meanwhile, Sherman’s taking troops down to Mississippi to … Continue reading

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December 23, 1863: Clearing out west Tennessee

Grant sets out to clear the guerrilla forces from western Tennessee, wanting to leave his theater secure before he heads for Mobile. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tennessee, December 23, 1863. Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief, Washington, … Continue reading

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December 7, 1863: On to Mobile!

Grant has been itching to take Mobile ever since Vicksburg fell. He sees little hope of doing anything from his current position at Chattanooga, especially in the winter, and now he appeals to Halleck yet again to let him take … Continue reading

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