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8671Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Understanding Vicksburg

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  • Aurelie1999@aol.com
    Nov 26, 2001
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      In a message dated 11/26/01 2:25:39 PM, dmsmith001@... writes:

      << Grant knew he had to try some means to get to Vicksburg - sitting
      still with an army would smack of McClellanism. >>

      Grant was very much aware of this and explained it to Sherman who opposed the
      idea completely. Gettysburg had not yet been won, the AoP was a mess and the
      public was restless. Grant was well apprised through men such as Washbourne
      and John Sherman, Charles Dana and Sylvanus Cadwallader of what was happening
      and the goings on in Washington. Grant may have been taciturn and
      undemonstrative, but he was a keen observer of men and events. Sherman urged
      him to return to Memphis to restructure his campaign and while Grant was
      certain that it was the "book" thing to do, he was equally certain that any
      backward movement no matter what the reason would be perceived as retreat or
      even worse defeat. He felt that the administration was in trouble and that
      it needed a win to stay afloat. He decided to wage his career on the outcome.

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