Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 31, 1863: Grant puts McClernand in his place

Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Before Vicksburg, January 31, 1863. Major General John A. McClernand, Commanding Thirteenth Army Corps: GENERAL: The intention of General Orders, Number 13., is that I will take direct command of the Mississippi River … Continue reading

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January 30, 1863: Grant takes command. McClernand isn’t happy.

Grant sets up his headquarters at Young’s Point and assumes direct command of the Vicksburg expedition. Official Records: GENERAL ORDERS, Number 13. HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE TENNESSEE, In Field, Young’s Point, La., January 30, 1863. I. Major General U. S. … Continue reading

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January 29, 1863: Grant’s canal attempts

Very nice map by Hal Jespersen, www.cwmaps.com — use this link for full size. Grant reports to Halleck on two of his canal-cutting efforts. The canal attempting to redirect the Mississippi was poorly situated; although it was completed, the river … Continue reading

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January 28, 1863: McClernand near Vicksburg: Grant on his way

Young’s Point is visible in this map just above Tuscumbia. The New York Times reports that McClernand is at Young’s Point, while Grant is expected to come down from Memphis and join him. CAIRO, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 28. The steamer … Continue reading

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January 27, 1863: Water is up in the canal

Grant’s still at Memphis. He reports to Halleck that the water is rising in the canal they’re digging to bypass Vicksburg. Is Grant waiting for Banks to show up? Puzzling. Grant’s not usually one to dawdle. Official Records January 27, … Continue reading

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January 26, 1863: French bombard Acapulco

El Fortín Álvarez en el cerro de la Mira de Acapulco, Guerrero, México. While the attention of the powerful neighbor to the north is diverted by civil war, Mexico is vulnerable to European attack. The French noticed. New York Times … Continue reading

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January 25, 1863: The Times on Vicksburg

The New York Times opines that McClernand and Grant will work cooperatively to reduce Vicksburg in short order. Apparently their correspondent is unaware of how rank works in the army. Our Armies in the Southwest. Published: January 25, 1863 Our … Continue reading

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January 24, 1863: The significance of Fort Hindman

The New York Times Cairo correspondent takes a rather snarky look at McClernand’s recent conquest in Arkansas. Apparently he doesn’t think the Arkansas river had much value to the rebels for transport. Meanwhile, the U.S. Colored Troops are getting organized … Continue reading

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January 23, 1863: The view from Vicksburg

We’ve seen a good bit of the Union army and Northern public’s view of the events at Vicksburg; here we see the Southern side of the picture, from an article reproduced in the New York Times. The Jackson Appeal reports … Continue reading

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January 22, 1863: Prisoners from Arkansas Post

Prisoners from the battle of Fort Hindman arrive at Cairo. The New York Times correspondent has a pretty low opinion of them. From Our Own Correspondent. CAIRO, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 22, 1863. The advance guard of the rebel prisoners lately … Continue reading

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