Monthly Archives: November 2012

November 30, 1862: Yeah, they’ll fight at the Tallahatchie

C.S. Hamilton ******************************************************************** Grant had received reports that Van Dorn’s army was going to resist a crossing of the Tallahatchie — apparently they were correct. General Hamilton’s forces engaged them and fell back to watch and wait. Official Record LUMPKIN’S … Continue reading

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November 29, 1862: Grant still fighting with the telegraphers

We’ve already seen a skirmish in the infighting between the telegraph operators and General Grant; here it escalates, with Col. Stager, head of telegraphy in the region, ordering his operators to disregard Grant’s order to give military communications precedence over … Continue reading

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November 29, 1862: Will they fight at the Tallahatchie?

Grant’s advance southward toward Vicksburg requires that his army get across the swampy Tallahatchie River in northern Mississippi. Grant passed on a report to Sherman from the front with the news that Van Dorn, reinforced, is prepared to resist a … Continue reading

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November 28, 1862: Georgia says conscription unconstitutional

[Cartoon showing the balloonist Leonidas helping draft evaders] While the draft was unpopular both in the North and the South, the south had a particular problem. It’s a bit difficult, when your country is founded on the rights of the … Continue reading

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November 27, 1862: Thanksgiving.

Governor George Opdyke ********************** While the tradition of Thanksgiving was becoming established, its date still varied from place to place, and it was customary for officials to proclaim it publicly. Here the New York Times reproduces New York Governor Opdyke’s … Continue reading

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November 25, 1862: Second-guessing Grant’s campaign

The New York Times reports on Grant’s movements. The editor cautions people that the capture of Holly Springs isn’t intended as a permanent occupation, and then goes on to complain that Grant is being forced to maintain railroad supply lines … Continue reading

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November 26, 1862: Grant having problems with the telegraph operator

While Grant was preparing for his big move south, he found that his dispatches were being delayed. Turns out the operator was giving priority to private messages relating to the cotton trade, even though he had ordered that military traffic … Continue reading

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November 24, 1862: Moving on Vicksburg

Grant and Halleck planned to attack Vicksburg before winter set in. Halleck wasn’t letting Grant take trains south, but he favored a naval movement. Here we see Halleck requesting a report on troop strength; Grant has 72,000 men available. He’s … Continue reading

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November 23, 1862: Female smugglers in the west

The New York Times published a letter from before the fall of Holly Springs, detailing the capture of a group of women who were smuggling military materials from Memphis southward. They also appear to have been carrying letters conveying military … Continue reading

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November 22, 1862: Grant not allowed to take trains south

Grant requisitioned trains for his expedition south in Mississippi, but he was rebuffed — Halleck forbade him to get any more trains, and to take any of them south. Guess he was afraid the rebels would capture them. Official record … Continue reading

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