Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 30, 1863: Feint at Drumgould’s Bluff

Click for large map. Sherman responded to Grant’s request for a feint with enthusiasm. While Grant was attacking Grand Gulf and then landing his troops downriver across from Bruinsburg, Sherman made an attack above Vicksburg to keep Pemberton from concentrating … Continue reading

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April 30, 1863: “I was on dry ground on the same side of the river with the enemy.”

Click for large map. Grant and Porter agreed that it was not going to be possible to knock out the batteries of Grand Gulf with naval power alone. With characteristic aggressiveness, Grant took the transports downriver to Dashroon’s Plantation on … Continue reading

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April 29, 1863: Attack on Grand Gulf

John S. Bowen ****************************** New map! Click for large map. *********************************** Grand Gulf was Grant’s first choice of a landing site on the east side of the Mississippi. The Confederates had fortified it well, even if Gen. Stevenson didn’t think … Continue reading

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April 28, 1863: Sherman will feint

Sherman responds to Grant’s very diffident suggestion of a feint on Haynes’ Bluff with enthusiasm. “It shall be done.” Official Records: MILLIKEN’S BEND, April 28, 1863. Major-General GRANT, Comdg. Dept. of the Tennessee, Carthage: DEAR GENERAL: I received your letter … Continue reading

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April 27, 1863: Grant asks Sherman to feint north of Vicksburg

Grant wants Sherman to make a feint toward Haynes’ Bluff to help distract attention from his planned river crossing. He’s sensitive, though, to the prospect that his friend will be castigated (again) by the press if the move is seen … Continue reading

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April 26, 1863: McClernand has ideas for the assault

McClernand suggests some moves. Maybe he could march to Hard Times. On the other hand, if the Confederates are pulling troops out of Vicksburg to fortify Grand Gulf, maybe Grant should attack on both sides of Vicksburg. This turns out … Continue reading

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April 25, 1863: Need to bridge the Big Black

Click for large map. Grierson’s raid into Mississippi is having the intended effect, drawing troops from the defense of Vicksburg and other points on the river. Meanwhile, Pemberton is planning to bridge the Big Black River in order to improve … Continue reading

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April 24, 1863: Stevenson doesn’t want to waste troops on Grand Gulf

Click for large map. Stevenson moved troops to the south of Vicksburg, ready to defend Warrenton, on Pemberton’s orders. He explains to Pemberton (via his adjutant) that he can’t spare any more troops from the north side of Vicksburg to … Continue reading

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April 23, 1863: Betting on Warrenton

Carter L. Stevenson ********************* Click for large map. General Stevenson is convinced that Grant’s army will cross the Mississippi at Warrenton, rather than further south at Grand Gulf. With Grierson raiding in the north, and the necessity of keeping forces … Continue reading

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April 22, 1863: Porter ordering Grand Gulf softened up

Order of Acting Rear Admiral Porter US Navy to Captain Walke US Navy regarding operations against Grand Gulf. US Mississippi Squadron Flagship Benton, off Grand Gulf. April 22, 1863. Sir: Circumstances oblige me to go up river. While I am … Continue reading

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