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  • Tony
    Dec 2, 2009
      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, "Ronald black" <rblack0981@...> wrote:
      > Grant intended for his forces to advance through the center
      > of the state down towards Vicksburg and Sherman's forces forces
      > to approach Vicksburg from the Mississippi river.

      Grant intended to use his entire force to move on Jackson via Grenada. Halleck, Lincoln, and McClernand conspired to divert a large portion of Grant's force down the river.

      > Both Grant and Sherman tried repeated attacks, when repulsed,
      > they shifted to another route.
      > Ron

      Actually, Grant suggested moving south of the city when he landed at Milliken's Bend in January. The Lake Providence canal was actually part of that plan, and succeeded in opening a route to the Red River. However, the war department failed to provide Grant with the small river transports needed to take advantage of that route.
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