Monthly Archives: January 2013

Saturday, January 31, 1863

I received a letter from my brother, Senator John Sherman with several misconceptions about the events near Vicksburg. I replied with the following letter: TO JOHN SHERMAN Camp before Vicksburg, January 31,1863 Dear Brother, Several Boats have come down of … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 31, 1863

Young’s Plantation, (Near Vicksburg) Today I took action against a reporter who against my direct order, accompanied our troops to the Yazoo last December. The reporter, a Mr Knox has published falsehoods that have damaged the reputation of our troops. … Continue reading

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Friday, January 30, 1863

Here is part of the letter I sent to my wife Ellen: TO ELLEN EWING SHERMAN Camp before Vicksburg, Jan. 28,1863 Dearest Ellen, Today I received by a Mr. Conyer a letter and pair of socks, also a letter of … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 29, 1863

Young’s Plantation, Louisiana, Camp Near Vicksburg The politician thinks results can be had by breath, but how painfully it begins to come home to the American people that the war which all have striven so hard to bring on and … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 28, 1863

Young’s Plantation (Near Vicksburg) The River here is high and the ground is muddy. There is not a lot of room for the men to camp along this narrow levee. Some of the men are housed on the steamboats. The … Continue reading

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Tuesday, January 27, 1863

Young’s Plantation (near Vicksburg) My soldiers are camped from here, all across the peninsula to below Vicksburg. We work every day to dig a ditch across the peninsula in hopes that the River will cut a new channel to bypass … Continue reading

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Monday, January 26, 1863

Youngs Point, Louisiana (Near Vicksburg) Youngs Point is opposite the mouth of the Yazoo river. It was large plantation owned by a Mr. Young. From all appearances Mr. Young had a good many slaves but he has left his home. … Continue reading

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Sunday, January 25, 1863

General Hitchcock is charged with revising the military code. I have several thoughts about changes that could be made. This army of volunteers is unwieldy and difficult to command. New rules might improve order. TO ETHAN A. HITCHCOCK HEADQUARTERS 15th … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 24, 1863

I wrote the following letter to my wife, Ellen: TO ELLEN EWING SHERMAN Camp near Vicksburg, Jan. 24, 1863 Dearest Ellen, Last night a boat came down from Memphis and brought me some letters among them yours of January 14, … Continue reading

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Friday, January 23, 1863

Young’s Point Louisiana (near Vicksburg) I received today a letter from my wife Ellen that she wrote over 1 week ago. She enclosed some newspaper clippings that included an article by a reporter named Knox. He accompanied our previous mission … Continue reading

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