Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 31, 1862: Nothing scares the South like emancipation

A letter to the editor of the New York Times says that it’s just politicians complaining about the Emancipation Proclamation; in the field, the army says it’s about time we used all our weapons to win the war. The letter … Continue reading

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October 30, 1862: Stanton sends troops to McClernand

As we saw recently, Henry Halleck had ordered the Governor of Illinois to send troops to Grant for an attack on Vicksburg. It seems there was a bit of a command snafu at headquarters, because here we see the Secretary … Continue reading

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October 29, 1862: Stanton urges McClernand to move fast on Vicksburg

Secretary of War Stanton emphasizes to McClernand the importance of speed in making his move on Vicksburg. While no doubt speed is crucial to beat the enemy in concentrating troops, you wonder if there isn’t a subtext of moving the … Continue reading

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October 28, 1862: McClernand’s Vicksburg plans – behind Grant’s back

A little background: John McClernand, a “political general” from Illinois, proposed to Secretary of War Stanton on October 10 that he should be given troops from Grant’s Army of the Tennessee to undertake an expedition on Vicksburg. Grant was aware … Continue reading

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October 27, 1862: Halleck sends Grant reinforcements to move on Vicksburg

On October 26, Grant cabled Halleck proposing a move on Vicksburg. (He also complains about leaking information from General Curtis across the river, and asks for a unified command). HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Jackson, Tenn., October 26, 1862. General … Continue reading

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October 26, 1862: A vote for the Democrats is a vote for the rebels

Okay, I’m rushing things a bit, as these pics are for the 1864 election. Similar issues, though. The New York Times editor argues that the joy southerners show in Democratic successes in the North is argument enough to vote against … Continue reading

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October 25, 1862: Big sale of “Negroes”

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, it appears that despite the war and the increased chance of escape, at least in South Carolina the trade of human beings was still going strong, and quite lucrative. The Inflation Calculator, using data from … Continue reading

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October 24, 1862: Confederates threaten Nashville

The New York Times reprinted an editorial from Mississippi, rejoicing in Bragg’s advance northward, and predicting that he would soon retake Nashville. Buell is out of position, and Grant is threatened in Memphis, so the Grenada Appeal forecasts a siege … Continue reading

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October 23, 1862: Bragg’s getting reinforced and Grant is worried

As we’ve seen, Sherman and Grant had been corresponding about the rebel concentration at Holly Springs. Here Rosecrans warns that the Alabama veterans joining Bragg are worth worrying about. Grant goes on to notify Halleck that he thinks that trouble … Continue reading

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October 22, 1862: Sherman on retaliation against civilians

As we have seen, Sherman reported that Confederate guerrillas were firing on unarmed civilian boats on the Mississippi, and he had declared a policy of retaliation by removing Southern-sympathizing families from the Memphis area when such incidents occurred. Here he … Continue reading

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