Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 30, 1863: Healthy black troops

The New York Times reports the Surgeon-General’s report that black soldiers are significantly less prone to “malarious diseases” on duty in the South than white ones. White Southerners commonly justified slavery by claims that Africans were designed for work in … Continue reading

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June 29, 1863: Grant approves Sherman’s defensive position

Grant continues to hold Sherman’s division in readiness for a possible attack by Johnston. Meanwhile, Sherman wanted to expel families of rebels from the area, but was concerned that Grant might think this too harsh; Grant reassures him. Official Records: … Continue reading

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June 28, 1863: Skirmish at Gaines’ Landing

Gaines’ Landing was in Arkansas opposite Greenville, MS, and rebels camped there were firing on shipping on the Mississippi. On June 27 they fired on some passing transports, and Col. Nasmith was ordered to clear them out. Here he reports … Continue reading

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June 27, 1863: McClernand appeals to Stanton

Having been summarily dismissed by Grant, McClernand turns once again to the secretary of war for support. This time, though, he’ll have difficulty finding anyone to take his side against the general who is about to take Vicksburg. SPRINGFIELD, ILL., … Continue reading

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June 26, 1863: Things maybe not all that sunny at Vicksburg

In a rare instance of actual reporting, the Richmond Daily Dispatch prints some dispatches that are a bit less than deliriously cheerful about the situation at Vicksburg. First, firing on the town is very heavy. Second, remember the disastrous assault … Continue reading

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June 25, 1863: The crater.

Grant’s troops set off a huge explosion under the Vicksburg defenses, creating a large crater. The military effect was indecisive, though it may have weakened the lines somewhat. HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Near Vicksburg, June 25, 1863. Major General … Continue reading

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June 25, 1863: No fraternizing with the enemy.

Accounts of Vicksburg are full of descriptions of casual conversation between the two sides along the ramparts, particularly as the siege dragged on. Here Pemberton sends out a circular order to his generals to put a stop to such chat. … Continue reading

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June 24, 1863: Pemberton and Johnston have Grant on the ropes.

Once again, the Richmond Daily Dispatch finds that Grant is on the verge of ignominious defeat. Johnston has been purposely delaying to let the pestilential Mississippi summer do his work for him, while Pemberton has brilliantly managed the defense of … Continue reading

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June 23, 1863: Misener’s cavalry raid

The New York Times reports another Union cavalry raid in Mississippi, by Col. Misener. I can’t find much about Misener online — anyone have any information about him? Better still, a picture? IMPORTANT FROM THE SOUTHWEST.; Movements of Joe Johnston … Continue reading

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June 22, 1863: Another great rebel victory at Vicksburg.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a failed assault by Grant’s troops on Saturday, June 20, with huge Federal losses, etc. The assault appears to have been wholly imaginary; as far as I can tell the only thing that happened at … Continue reading

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