Category Archives: Mississippi

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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August 2, 1865: Foote says give freedmen the vote.

The New York Times publishes a letter from former Mississippi governor Henry Foote, advocating approval of the thirteenth amendment. SOUTHERN AFFAIRS.; State of the South and Negro Suffrage. LETTER FROM H.S. FOOTE. Published: August 2, 1865 The Montreal papers publish … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Half Has Never Been Told

The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the making of American capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist. New York: Basic Books, 2014. I can’t praise this book enough. Baptist has written one of the best history books I’ve ever read, … Continue reading

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January 3, 1865: Where’s Hood?

Thomas wants to know where Hood’s army is, and where he’s heading. Meanwhile, Hood hears there could be an attack on Columbus, Mississippi, and is headquartered for the moment in Corinth. Official Records: PULASKI, January 3, 1865-9 a.m. Brigadier-General GRANGER: … 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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May 14, 1864: The John Henry of the loom

DAILY CONSTITUTIONALIST [AUGUSTA, GA], May 14, 1864, p. 1, c. 1 A Mississippi Girl!—The Brandon (Miss.) Republican states that Miss Nancy Neely, daughter of Mr. James Neely, of Rankin county, wove twenty yards of cloth on Friday last, between sunup … Continue reading

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February 26, 1864: Views of the Meridian expedition from both sides

Gen. Sherman, from Harper’s Weekly, March 12, 1864 A Mobile paper printed a long letter dated Feb. 26 from a Mississippi resident, detailing the outrages committed by the Union troops in the Meridian vicinity. It appears that some troops got … 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 15, 1864: In Meridian

Sherman congratulates the troops on a successful raid into the interior of Mississippi, destroying resources and transport that would otherwise aid the Confederacy. He concludes with the hope of “a peace that will never again be disturbed in our country … Continue reading

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