Monthly Archives: December 2012

Wednesday, December 31, 1862

Yazoo River Near Vicksburg, Mississippi Before sunrise this morning, under cover of night, Steele’s division, and one brigade of Stuart’s, were drawn out of line, and quietly embarked on steamboats in the Yazoo River, about 10,000 men. Tonight, this force, … Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 30, 1862

Yazoo River Near Vicksburg, Mississippi Last night I conferred with Admiral Porter about a landing near Haines’s Bluff. The boats were all selected, but so alarmed were the captains and pilots, that we had to place sentinels with loaded muskets … Continue reading

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Monday, December 29, 1862

Yazoo River Near Vicksburg, Mississippi All the troops are ready and in position to begin our assault on Vicksburg. The first step is to make a lodgment on the foot-hills and bluffs abreast of our position, while diversions are made … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 28, 1862

Yazoo River Near Vicksburg The Rebels hold the high ground on the bluff to our front, between us and Vicksburg. I have been viewing the terrain looking for the best route to attack. During the general reconnoissance General Morgan L. … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 27, 1862

JOHNSON’S LANDING, Yazoo River, 8 miles from its mouth A. J. Smith’s division arrived last night, and disembarked below that of M. L. Smith. The place of our disembarkation is in fact an island, separated from the high bluff known … Continue reading

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Friday, December 26, 1862

On board the Forest Queen, Mouth of the Yazoo River, Mississippi I left A. J. Smith’s division at Milliken’s Bend to await the return of Burbridge who is breaking the railroad. I have proceeded with the remaining three divisions to … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 25, 1862

On board the Forest Queen, at Milliken’s Bend, Mississippi It is Christmas Day. We have reached Milliken’s Bend where we can launch a raid on the enemy railroad. I detached one brigade (Burbridge’s), of A. J. Smith’s division, to the … Continue reading

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Wednesday, December 24, 1862

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS FOREST QUEEN, Traveling to Vicksburg the Mississippi River In proceeding down the river, one or more of Admiral Porter’s gunboats take the lead; others are distributed throughout the column, and some bring up the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 23, 1862

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS FOREST QUEEN, December 23, 1862 To Commanders of Divisions, Generals F. STEELE, GEORGE W. MORGAN, A.J. SMITH, and M. L. SMITH With this I hand to each of you a copy of a map, … Continue reading

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Monday, December 22, 1862

On Board the Forest Queen on the Mississippi River The preparations have been necessarily hasty in the extreme, but this is the essence of the whole plan, viz., to reach Vicksburg by surprise. While General Grant holds in check Pemberton’s … Continue reading

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