Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tuesday, March 31, 1863

Camp Before Vicksburg General Grant shared with me a letter he received from General Halleck. The government will take harsher measures with the rebels. The goal is their defeat, not reconciliation. We are asked to take from them, their slaves … Continue reading

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Monday, March 30, 1863

Camp Before Vicksburg I wrote to my wife, Ellen to tell of my latest excursion: Dearest Ellen: I got back from an excursion up Deer Creek in connection with Admiral Porter the day before yesterday, and being on General Grant’s … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 29, 1863

Camp Near Vicksburg General Farragut has brought a gunboat up the River to just below Vicksburg. General Grant is contemplating the idea of sending troops to New Carthage, South of Vicksburg. With gunboat protection, those troops could be ferried to … Continue reading

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Saturday, March 28, 1863

Camp Near Vicksburg. Brigadier-General Giles A. Smith, who was the first to reach the fleet submitted his report of the activities of the past week: HEADQUARTERS FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, YOUNGS POINT, LOUISIANA, March 28, 1863 Captain … Continue reading

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Friday, March 27, 1863

Camp Near Vicksburg We have returned to where we started, Young’s Point across from Vicksburg. The transports brought us from Steele’s Bayou. We are no closer to Vicksburg today than when I left Chickasaw Bluffs in December. The river is … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 26, 1863

Hill’s Plantation, North of Vicksburg We accompanied Admiral Porter to protect the fleet during the retreat from the unsuccessful adventure through the bayous toward Vicksburg. Having arrived back where we started, we are now boarding the transports and steaming back … Continue reading

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Wednesday, March 25, 1863

Steele’s Bayou, North of Vicksburg Today I received a message from General Grant. I have orders to return with my troops to Young’s Plantation. BEFORE Vicksburg, March 22, 1863 Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps: Your report, … Continue reading

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