Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 12, 1862: Letter from escaped slave to his wife

Escaped slaves fled to the camps of the Union army, trusting that they would find freedom there. One such slave wrote a letter on January 12, 1862: Maryland Fugitive Slave to His Wife Upton Hill [Va.]  January the 12 1862 My … Continue reading

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January, 1862: What shall be done with the freed slaves?

From Douglass’ Monthly for January 1862, a plea for justice for the former slaves. Unfortunately, events wound up going almost entirely contrary to Douglass’ prescription. WHAT SHALL BE DONE WITH THE SLAVES IF EMANCIPATED? It is curious to observe, at … Continue reading

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January 10, 1861: Still working on Grant’s feint

Halleck ordered Grant to make a feint southward into Kentucky from Paducah, but he wasn’t prepared to send any troops from Missouri except a couple of unarmed regiments. Turns out even those were delayed. The 10th of January saw another … Continue reading

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January 9, 1861: Grant organizes a feint

McClellan, Lincoln, and Buell all called on Halleck to attack the Confederates in western Kentucky to keep them from sending troops against Buell in the center of the state. After considerable resistance, Gen. Halleck, unwilling to send a real force … Continue reading

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January 9, 1862: Halleck: I’m doing something!

Halleck After over a week of fevered communication among the President, Gen. McClellan, Gen. Buell, and Gen. Halleck, Halleck reports to McClellan that he is taking action. Much of the dispatch is justification for his failure to send a strong … Continue reading

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January 8, 1862: Grant will move

Gen. C.F. Smith In the comedy of excuses, pleas, and vacillation that had characterized the planned move on East Tennessee for a week or so, someone finally stepped up to the plate. Halleck ordered Grant to move south in a … Continue reading

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January 7, 1862: Lincoln tells Buell and Halleck to move it.

Lincoln is starting to show a little impatience with Halleck and Buell’s reluctance to move. Here he demands a date for Buell’s operation. Halleck on the same day tells Buell that all he can provide is a feint. From the … Continue reading

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January 6, 1862: Halleck orders Grant to move

On the same day that he sent a lengthy dispatch to the President explaining why he couldn’t attack Columbus seriously, Halleck decided to order Brig. Gen. Grant to make a feint in the direction of Tennessee — apparently the most … Continue reading

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January 6, 1862: Halleck can’t move

A nice 19th-century Photoshop job of Halleck in a heroic pose In response to Lincoln’s and Buell’s urging, and before he could even have seen the dispatch from McClellan, Halleck wrote back to the President to explain why he couldn’t … Continue reading

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January 6, 1862: McClellan tells Buell to go to east Tennessee

For the past week or so, Lincoln has been trying to get his generals in the west to coordinate their movements in a design ultimately to move on east Tennessee, where unionist partisans are fighting a guerrilla war. The Civil … Continue reading

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