eric, I'm glad we stumbled across your area of expertise! Those early
expeditions across Steele Bayou, etc., are quite interesting, I'll try
to do a post on them sometime, maybe as 4th of July approaches!
If I understand you correctly, Grant essentially outflanked the
ability of the Rebs to stand astride his supply lines, once he crossed
the Big Black?
--- In civilwarwest@y..., theme_music@y... wrote:
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., josepharose@y... wrote:
> > Carl,
> > Good questions. I don't have the answer.
> > I think that Grant stated at the time of Rosecrans' pursuit after
> > Corinth that he didn't know an army could off the land there. At
> > point, he realized you could. If so, why could he not have moved
> > south from Holly Springs living off the land and dispensing with
> > entire naval effort? If there was access to the river around
> > Chickasaw Bluffs just above the siege lines, it might have been
> > possible to get supplies off boats there.
> > Just a thought, as someone once said,
> > Joseph
> Hi Joseph.
> I've enjoyed your "offensive into enemy territory" over at the US
> Grant Message board.
> It was during Grant's retreat to Memphis after the Holly Springs
> fiasco that he claims to have learned of his armies ability to live
> off the land. After "foraging liberally" in a northward march
> Mississippi, during December and January, it would have been unwise
> to expect a successful southward march over the same ground don't
> think? He was, however, to put this knowledge to use six months
> later during the Vicksburg campaign, over Sherman's vehement
> The Union had no access to the Yazoo River above the siege lines
> until after the crossing of the Big Black River on May 17. Several
> efforts to turn the batteries on the lower Yazoo had failed prior to
> the Union embarking on their ultimately successful campaign.
> Eric Calistri