16920Re: Vicksburg Campaign
- Feb 28, 2003--- In email@example.com, Harry Smeltzer <hjs21@c...>
> I posed these questions a couple of days ago, but have not receivedanswers
> to both of them yet:believe
> 1) When did Grant's campaign on Vicksburg officially begin (I
> sometime in October 1862)?Given that ones definition of beginining is critical<g>..... My oft-
expressed opinion is that the nature of this campaign has been
misunderstood or misrepresented by many auhtors. Grant, in fact,
never embarked on an overland campaign against Vicksburg in 1862, as
the correspondance from Halleck clearly lays out. I can provide ORs
supporting the timeline if requested.
Chronology of Initial Phase of Vicksburg Campaign (1862)
10/3-4 Battle of Corinth
10/8 Grant requests re-inforcements from Halleck.
Rosecrans pursuit of Van Dorn is called off.
10/26 Grant again requests reinforcements.
10/26 Grant telegraphs Halleck with his proposal for an
overland campaign against Vicksburg. Halleck does not approve.
10/27 Halleck orders reinforcements to Grant's Department.
11/1 Grant issues orders beginning the move south along
the Mississippi Central RR to begin 11/3. At this point, Grant is
moving overland on "Holly Springs, and maybe Grenada, completing
railroad and telegraph as I go"
11/12 Grant requests additional railroad resources to
support his move southward.
11/15 Halleck nixes railroad operations south of Memphis
stating "The enemy must be turned by a movement down the river from
Memphis as soon as sufficient force can be collected"
12/5 Halleck sets 12/20 as the jump-off date for the
riverine expedition. Stating that "Your main object will be to hold
the line from Memphis to Corinth with as small a force as possible,
while the largest number possible is thrown upon Vicksburg with the
> 2) When did Grant first resume offensive operations after the fallof
> Vicksburg?July 4, 1863. Grant had prepared, anticipating Pemberton's
surrender, a force under Sherman whose objective was to push Joe
Johnston's lurking "Army of Relief" east of Jackson. No major
battles resulted, but Johnston retreated from Jackson in mid or late
> And here's a new one:
> 3) What is the generally accepted date for the beginning of the
> Petersburg?Hey that's Eastern Theatre. Verbotten! But Jim Epperson is the guy
to ask that question.
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