Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sunday, February 28, 1864

Vicksburg, Mississippi HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE Vicksburg, Miss., February 28, 1864 Brigadier General R. P. BUCKLAND, 
Commanding District of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee DEAR GENERAL: I reached Meridian February 14, and spent a week there in destroying the railroad in … Continue reading

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Sunday, February 28, 1864

Vicksburg, Mississippi HEADQUARTERS, 
Vicksburg, February 28, 1864 3 p.m. Generals HURLBUT and McPHERSON, Canton: DEAR GENERALS: I got here at 10 a.m. I find an immense mail, but nothing clear and distinct as to the Red River trip, except that … Continue reading

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Saturday, February 27, 1864

Canton, Mississippi We have learned that the enemy has left a large supply of corn meal, more than enough to feed the population. I have ordered General Hurlbut to confiscate it to prevent it from aiding the enemy. SPECIAL ORDERS, … Continue reading

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Friday, February 26, 1864

East of Canton, Mississippi Tomorrow we will cross the Pearl River into Canton. The raid has been a success in no small part because my intentions were hidden from the enemy. There were no reporters to spy on my plans … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 25, 1864

East of Canton, Mississippi We passed through the destruction of Hillsboro yesterday and went into camp about a days march from the Pearl River and Canton, Mississippi. I have no word of Sooy Smith or from Winslow who went North … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 24, 1864

Near Hillsboro, Mississippi We continue our movement back to Vicksburg. I have issued orders against burning and destruction on our return because this area is of little military value to the enemy. We find plenty of food. We try to … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 23, 1864

North East of Meridian Yesterday we passed through Union, Mississippi on our way to Canton. There is some harassment from Confederate cavalry but mostly it is an easy march. I have had no word from Sooy Smith.

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Monday February 22,1864

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, Union, Mississippi February 22, 1864- 4 a.m. Colonel E. F. WINSLOW, 
Commanding Cavalry: DEAR COLONEL: I cannot hear anything definite of the large cavalry force under General William Sooy Smith, but doubt not he is … Continue reading

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Sunday, February 21, 1864

The raid on Lauderdale Springs burned the station-house, commissary, and other buildings railroad culverts, &c. They have rejoined McPherson who is starting back to Vicksburg. Before leaving Meridian, McPherson’s corp torched the Ragsdale House Hotel, the armory with 1000 old … Continue reading

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Saturday, February 20, 1864

Marion Mississippi. We begin our return to the Mississippi today. I will move with Hurlbut today, first to the North in hopes of making contact with Sooy Smith. McPherson is to march back to Vicksburg at an easy pace with … Continue reading

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