Re: [civilwarwest] The Value of Vicksburg
- Remember the Father of Waters begins in St. Paul MN and tumbles through the
rich farmlands and manufacturing centers of the old Northwest.
Vicksburg effectively kept the rich harvests of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and
Wisconsin from the world market place. Economically it's choke hold on the
this important liquid highway hobbled the Union.
A Wisconsin boy who entered the army told his father in a letter that he
didn't "care spit" for Virginia or Georgia or the Carolinas, the Confederacy
could have them. However, he would be "damned if they can have the
William T. Sherman while still at the Louisiana Military Academy declared
that secession was nonsense because of the river. "The Mississippi is too
grand an element to be divided, its source and mouth, must be controlled by
To the western men whose very existence depended on the Mississippi, there
was no question of letting Vicksburg stand. It was the key to world trade
and it must be a part of the Union.
- In a message dated 7/16/02 7:39:01 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< I agree. Sometimes it's the back of the scene contributions from
willing men like Hurlbut that make all the difference in a campaign.
To the best of my knowledge, Hurlbut didn't squawk a bit when Grant
called on him for reinforcements.
>>Seems to me the only time Grant and Hurlbut disagreed was in how Dodge was
handling payment to his operatives. IIRC the situation was handled quickly
and with no obviously hard feelings. Working in tandem was the optimum
situation, but too often egos or personal agendas muddied the water to the
detriment of the objective. Grant's talent was to somehow arrange it so that
his subordinates were his men.