Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 31, 1863: McClernand moves south

Click for large map. Despite Grant’s reservations about McClernand’s capabilities, he made use of the general to move troops south for the assault on Vicksburg. Here we see the beginning of McClernand’s report on the action. On March 31 McClernand’s … Continue reading

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March 30, 1863: Another food riot in the south

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports another food seizure by soldiers’ wives in Georgia. This time the Dispatch seems to have dropped the sarcastic tone of earlier reports. Another Female impressment. –The Atlanta (Ga.) papers state that a few days since … Continue reading

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March 29, 1863: Once downriver, there’s no turning back.

Grant was prepared to move his troops south of Vicksburg, but he needed boats to get them across the river. Admiral Porter was ready to supply the boats, but he had a warning for Grant — once you take those … Continue reading

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March 28, 1863: Food shortages in the South.

Food was scarce all over the South, leading, as we’ve seen, to some food riots. Even in Union-occupied Nashville, prices were sky-high. NASHVILLE DISPATCH, March 28, 1863, p. 2, c. 1 The market is rather poorly supplied with vegetables, while … Continue reading

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March 27, 1863: The Dispatch — why does the North like black people so much?

Wow. What do you say about this? Southern writers of the time keep talking about how they love black people and how slavery is the best thing for them. Richmond Daily Dispatch “Hung be the Heavens in Black” We have … Continue reading

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March 26, 1863: Irish won’t fight for slaves

I always take reports of Northern disunity from the Richmond Daily Dispatch with a grain of salt. Still, there’s considerable evidence of enmity between recent Irish immigrants and freed blacks at the time. The Yankee Irish soldiers. –An Irish Legion … Continue reading

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March 25, 1863: Correcting misconceptions about Fort Pemberton

Click for large map. The Richmond Daily Dispatch wants to make sure that everyone understands that the Yankees aren’t close to Vicksburg at all. Nothing to see here, folks. Fort Pemberton. A good deal of misapprehension exists in reference to … Continue reading

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March 24, 1863: Runaway

Meanwhile, in Virginia, the Richmond Daily Dispatch runs ads for runaways every day. Somehow the misguided blacks imagine they’ll be better off free than enslaved. Five Hundred Dollars Reward. –I will pay $500 reward for the apprehension and delivery to … Continue reading

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March 23, 1863: Grant needs boats

Click for large map. Having given up on the Yazoo Pass project, Grant decided that the best bet was the Lake Providence route — through that lake and into a series of bayous, ultimately joining with the Red River — … Continue reading

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March 22, 1863: Grant gives up on the Yazoo Pass

Click for large map. It looked good for a while, but the fortification of “Fort Pemberton” at Greenwood, MS stopped the Yazoo Pass expedition from getting anywhere close to Vicksburg. In a series of dispatches, Grant comes to the conclusion … Continue reading

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