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46269Re: JAN -JUN 1862 in the western theater

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  • jackdotsmit
    Apr 15 9:32 PM
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      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, navalhistorymark@... wrote:
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      > James McPherson, in Battle Cry of Freedom (422), quotes a Union newspaper describing the first half of the year as a "Deluge of Victories in the West." Between February and June 1862 Union forces won battles at Forts Henry and Donelson, Island Number 10, Shiloh, Memphis, and New Orleans, occupied fifty thousand square miles of Confederate territory, gained control of one thousand miles of navigable rivers, and captured two state capitals.
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      > The Confederacy lost a significant portion of its resources and manufacturing capability during the first half of 1862 with the capture of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. Several scholarly general histories, economic and naval studies of the war point this out. IMHO, this leads back to the decisive decision to build the western rivers ironclads at the end of 1861, which made the early victories on the rivers possible.
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      > From: "Tony Gunter" <tony_gunter@...>
      > To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 2:34:12 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
      > Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: JAN -JUN 1862 in the western theater
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      > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com , "jackdotsmit" <jackdotsmit@> wrote:
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      > > 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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      > Why Jan-Jun? That's very specific, and is not bounded by any logical events. Why not Feb-May? Why not Jan-Oct?
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      > That's a REALLY strange question for a new poster.
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      Mark,
      That page in that book is one of my go to spots to date.
      thanks for the insight and direction.
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