Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tuesday, June 30, 1863

Yesterday, Grant exploded another mine under the defenses of Vicksburg. Our soldiers are undermining the defenses very slowly. Grant commands over 70,000 troops; About half are investing Vicksburg. The other half are under my command, guarding against a rescue attempt … Continue reading

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Monday, June 29, 1863

I received the following correspondence from General Grant: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, 
Near Vicksburg, June 29, 1863 Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Commanding Fifteenth Army Corps: GENERAL: Your general order, Number 135, is received. The dispositions you made are … Continue reading

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Sunday, June 28, 1863

I wrote the following letter in reply to my brother, Senator John Sherman: Camp on Bear Creek 20 mi. N.W. of Vicksburg June 28, 1863 Dear Brother, Your letter from Washington came to me out here yesterday. I am here … Continue reading

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Saturday, June 27, 1863

I sent the following to General Grant: HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Camp at Bear Creek, June 27, 1863. Col. JOHN A. RAWLINS, Assistant Adjutant-General SIR: It was my purpose to have come to headquarters yesterday, but the importance of knowing … Continue reading

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Saturday, June 27, 1863

I wrote the following letter to my wife, Ellen: TO ELLEN EWING SHERMAN Camp on Bear Creek, 20 miles N.W. of Vicksburg June 27, 1863 Dearest Ellen, I am out here studying a most complicated Geography and preparing for Joe … Continue reading

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Friday, June 26, 1863

Camp near Bear Creek, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi General Grant has ordered me away from my troops in front of Vicksburg to command the forces opposing a relief attempt by Joe Johnston. Vicksburg is vital to the Confederates and it is … Continue reading

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Thursday, June 25, 1863

Bear Creek Camp, East of Vicksburg, Mississippi No sign of the enemy other than a few patrols and skirmishes. I received the following from General Grant: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, 
Near Vicksburg, June 25, 1863. Major General W. T. … Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 24, 1863

Camp on the Big Black River, East of Vicksburg, Mississippi I have set up my Headquarters at Bear Creek about 20 miles East of Vicksburg. From here, I can hear the guns at Vicksburg firing upon the besieged town. From … Continue reading

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Tuesday, June 23 , 1863

Birdsong Ferry, Mississippi, Near Vicksburg, Mississippi General Johnston has been scouting our lines for a place to cross the Big Black RIver. The River is low and can be forded in many places north of the railroad bridge which is … Continue reading

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Monday, June 22, 1863

Joe Johnston is on the move and we have some information that they may move across the Big Black River near Bear Creek to attack us. General Grant has put me in command of the forces to oppose Johnston. The … Continue reading

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