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46261Re: [civilwarwest] JAN -JUN 1862 in the western theater

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  • fwnash@comcast.net
    Apr 14, 2009
      Apr 14

      Only two more days to hide your assets offshore!

      May I suggest Men of Fire by Jack Hurst Westview press, 2007. Not only does it focus on Grant and Forrest, it also explains the opening of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers extremely well in your time period. It explains the difficulties between Gen Grant and Capt William J Kountz of Pittsburgh. Kountz was appointed by Sec or War Cameron, also of PA, to serve as commodore of river transportation. Kountz tried to run the operation like a steamboat business offering cost saving suggestions on fuel, the purchase of steamboats, etc. He tried to work with rivermen who were already unhappy with him and their government pay that was far below their pre-war level. Grant was trying to move an army. Grant arrested Kountz on Jan 14. Kountz made formal accusations against Grant in a letter to Halleck HQ in St Louis hoping to have Grant replaced.

      Talk about office pressure. That environment would drive any normal person to look for relief in that demon alcohol.

      The steamboat guy

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      From: "jackdotsmit" <jackdotsmit@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 12:14:48 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
      Subject: [civilwarwest] JAN -JUN 1862 in the western theater

      I am trying to do a chronological analysis of the western theater from Jan -Jun 1862 and the importance of this period specifically. I have been unable to find good information of this period as to why it is significant; if it is significant and exactly what states defined the western theater in this time frame. Many historians differ on the territory and states considered the western theater. Best I can tell this is where Grant made a name for himself. This particular time in history seems to be left unexamined or I am looking in the wrong books. IT is easy to chronologically list the battles and the 1000 that died, but I want to learn what impact these battles had on the war, the people that fought the battles and the united states as a whole. Was this a turning point? Any insight or direction you can provide for this specific period would be helpful.
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