Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 31, 1863: Congrats to the men who sank the Cincinnati

As we saw earlier, the Confederate troops defending Vicksburg sank the gunboat Cincinnati. Here Pemberton passes his thanks to the troops for this feat. Official Records: Brigadier-General BOWEN, Commanding DIVISION: GENERAL: The lieutenant-general commanding desires to tender his thanks to … Continue reading

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May 30, 1863: Johnston wants troops

Johnston wants troops to meet a reported advance of Union troops toward Mechanicsburg. Click for large map. Official Records: CANTON, May, 30, 1863-6 p. m. Major-General LORING: Reports from near the Yazoo, brought by a person who says that he … Continue reading

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May 29, 1863: More optimism from the Richmond Daily Dispatch

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that Grant has fallen back from Vicksburg, and will have to go all the way to the Big Black. In the absence of actual communications, they’ve been indulging in a lot of wishful thinking. From … Continue reading

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May 28, 1863: An inside view of Vicksburg

The New York Times passes on the report of some recently exchanged prisoners who have been inside Vicksburg. They report that food supplies aren’t so great. AN INSIDE VIEW OF VICKSBURGH. From the Washington Chronicle, 28th. Last evening the following … Continue reading

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May 27, 1863: Sinking of the Cincinnati

Sherman had Porter send a gunboat to take out a couple of guns that were giving him trouble in establishing his siege lines near the river. The Confederates concealed the guns, setting a trap for the Cincinnati. When the boat … Continue reading

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May 27, 1863: Threat of rebel invasion

Signal officers watch Lee’s army in Maryland ******************************************************* The New York Times notes that there are rumblings in the South about an offensive to strike into Northern territory. The Times doesn’t think there’s much hope for such a move, and … Continue reading

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May 26, 1863: New York Times praises Grant

The New York Times editor examines Grant’s repeated successes, and find character traits to explain them. Most notably, “a most extraordinary combination of energy and persistence”. He doesn’t turn back, and he keeps pushing toward the goal. The editor concludes … Continue reading

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May 25, 1863: Democratic proposal for reconstruction

The New York Times reports on the sort of Union the Democrats would have instituted. In this proposed constitutional amendment, if five “adjoining states” objected to any bill, it would require a 2/3 majority to pass; if 7 objected, 3/4, … Continue reading

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May 24, 1863: “A sensible darkey”

The New York Times had an editorial policy that was actually pretty supportive of black rights, but we see in the editorial below how even the supportive whites displayed a racism that is startling today. I also note the representation … Continue reading

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May 23, 1863: The Richmond Daily Dispatch again on Vicksburg

Joseph Johnston ***************************************** Apparently things are really going well at Vicksburg for the south. Only two days ago they reported that Pemberton had enough supplies for four months, and now they’ve got enough for five. At this rate, by the … Continue reading

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