Category Archives: Andrew Jackson Smith

June 14, 1864: Sherman wants to stop Forrest

Sherman is astonished that Sturgis could have been defeated by Forrest, and he’s sent A.J. Smith to help. Official Records: WAR DEPARTMENT, June 14, 1864 – 12 m. Major-General SHERMAN: We have just received from General Washburn report of battle … Continue reading

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April 6, 1864: Selecting the shallow-draft boats for Shreveport

Gen. Charles P. Stone and daughter Hettie **************************************************** The Red River campaign continues. The Union forces have captured Natchitoches, and are preparing for the next 75 miles up to Shreveport. The river is low, however, and many of their transports … Continue reading

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March 24, 1864: Smith takes Fort De Russey

The New York Times reports on a success in the Red River campaign. CINCINNATI, Thursday, March 24. A dispatch from Cairo says: “We have good news from the Red River expedition, which comes from undoubted authority. Gen. A.J. SMITH landed … Continue reading

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February 14, 1864: Reaching Meridian

Andrew Jackson Smith ************************************************** Sherman’s report of his expedition to Meridian, MS, largely under the command of A.J. Smith. They reached Meridian on February 14, 1864, where they destroyed railroads and other resources according to plan. Official Records: Captain L. … Continue reading

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