Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tuesday, September 30, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee I am anxious to go on the offensive against the Rebels.  We should leave our vulnerable railroads and make use of the Mississippi River to raid at will and destroy Confederate boats and railroads.  I have suggested this … Continue reading

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Monday, September 29, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee On his mission to burn the town of Randolph in retaliation for guerillas firing on a steamboat and attempting its capture, Colonel Walcott found enemy guns at Randolph. They had been spiked, but could potentially be reused. I … Continue reading

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Sunday, September 28, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee I received a letter under flag of truce from Confederate General Hindman in Arkansas. In his letter he accused us of uncivilized tactics. He has some audacity when General Kirby Smith has been conducting raids on civilians in … Continue reading

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Saturday, September 27, 1862

Memphis Tennessee The business of firing on unarmed boats bringing supplies to civilians cannot be tolerated. I am issuing a warning that for every boat fired upon, ten families will be deported from Memphis. SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS FIFTH DIVISION Numbers … Continue reading

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Friday, September 26, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee Burning of Randolph, Tennessee Report of Major General William T. Sherman, U. S. Army HEADQUARTERS, FIFTH DIVISION Memphis, Tennessee September 26, 1862 SIR: The regular packet Eugene, from Saint Louis, with passengers and stores (not public), landed on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Thursday, September 25, 1862

General Grant has reorganized his command. My command stays the same. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE Numbers 83 Corinth, Mississippi, September 24, 1862 The District of West Tennessee will, until otherwise directed, be divided into four divisions, as … Continue reading

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Thursday, September 25, 1862

I wrote the following letter to my wife, Ellen: TO ELLEN EWING SHERMAN Memphis Sept. 25, 1862 Dearest Ellen, I have yours up to September 19. I enclose you a letter I have written to Elizabeth on the matter of … Continue reading

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Wednesday, September 24, 1862

The Steamboat Eugene was fired upon by Rebels yesterday near a town named Randolph. I cannot allow Rebels to fire on boats carrying women and children without the act being punished. I will use Randolph as an example. HDQRS. FIFTH … Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 23, 1862

Memphis Tennessee I am left in Memphis with no clear policy toward slaves and how they should be handled. I have written to my friend, General Gannt who is in charge of Saint Louis. We should communicate such that Saint … Continue reading

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Monday, September 22, 1862

Lee has been turned back in Maryland, but Bragg and Kirby Smith are still in Kentucky. Here, Memphis is secure. I wrote the following letter to my Brother, Senator John Sherman: TO JOHN SHERMAN Memphis, September 22,1862 Dear Brother, I … Continue reading

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