Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30, 1864: Sherman needs a quartermaster

Sherman is trying to get ready for a campaign that will be dependent on a long and vulnerable supply line, and he wants an experienced quartermaster to come along. Unfortunately, Stanton thinks he can manage with one at the far … Continue reading

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April 29, 1864: Sherman gets ready.

Sherman, having been told to be ready by May 5, gets his subordinates Schofield and McPherson moving; Thomas is already set to go. As he says to McPherson, “You know how I like to be on time.” He also reminds … Continue reading

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April 28, 1864: Grant orders Sherman to start the Atlanta campaign

Grant doesn’t waste words. Sherman’s already getting his troops moving. Official Records: CULPEPER, VA., April 28, 1864-11 p.m. (Received 1.40 a.m., 29th.) Major-General SHERMAN: Get your forces up so as to move by the 5th of May. U. S. GRANT, … Continue reading

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April 27, 1864: Hurlbut complains

Grant had Sherman relieve Hurlbut from command of the western Tennessee theater on April 16, 1864: “There has been marked timidity in the management of affairs since Forrest passed north of Memphis. General Grant orders me to relieve you. You … Continue reading

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April 26, 1864: Grant cans Banks

In this exchange, Grant and Halleck discuss the best way to remove Banks from command given the poor state of communications. He’s not too happy with General Franklin as replacement, but anyone is better than Banks. WASHINGTON, April 26, 1864-2.15 … Continue reading

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April 25, 1864: Steele’s command grows

Nathan Kimball *********************************************** Steele, unlike Banks, was having some success in Arkansas. Gen. Kimball here informs him that Halleck has added Fort Smith to his command. He seems to be the de facto commander of the west side of the … Continue reading

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April 24, 1864: Sherman asks Steele what’s going on

Sherman can’t tell what’s happening in Arkansas and Louisiana, but he wants Steele to take charge in the far west. CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tenn., April 24, 1864. Major General STEELE, Commanding, Red River: GENERAL: My … Continue reading

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April 23, 1864: Sherman to Halleck

While Sherman seems to be holding out some hope to Grant that Banks and Steele might combine forces and accomplish something, his dispatch to Halleck just sounds disgusted. Official Records: NASHVILLE, TENN., April 23, 1864-12 midnight. (Received 2.45 a. m., … Continue reading

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April 22, 1864: What’s Sherman up to?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that Sherman is cutting loose from his base — an act of desperation, they say — and heading perhaps for Mobile, perhaps some places in Georgia. The situation in Mississippi. It is the general impression … Continue reading

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April 21, 1864: More bad news from the Red River

Edwin Stanton ******************************************** The extent of the blunder on the Red River is starting to become apparent, as Stanton and Grant learn that Sherman’s troops aren’t coming back anytime soon, and the low water has trapped the gunboats. Official Records: … Continue reading

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