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Grant Had A Vision How To Win.

by Daniel Russ on July 22, 2017

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    Ulysses S. Grant was an odd fellow. Quite smart, and scholarly, and rather petite in person, and meticulously dressed if not from time to time, slightly threadbare . “He’s a little’un” quipped a hotel guest when Grant checked in in 1865 in Richmond. He unimpressed people, kept his tongue and when he spoke […]

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  US Civil War Steam Train     Union Army was a finely tuned machine by late 1863, and Quartermaster General Montogomery C. Meigs had successfully provisioned not only the Army of the Potomac, but Union outfits stretching from Texas in the West to Virginia. Not only that, he was successfully provisioning large complicated Army […]

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Shiloh April 6–7, 1862 Was A Perfect Storm Of Missed Communications.

November 6, 2012

  General Pierre T G Beauregard Shiloh. It shares the same etymology as the Hebrew word “Shalom”. Shiloh was a small Methodist Church near the battlefield that gave its name as the moniker for the first real battle of the American Civil War after Manassas. It means “Place of Peace” Elsie Duncan Hurt’s slave nurse […]

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Sherman’s March Through Georgia

September 18, 2011

The force was accompanied by 25,000 pack animals. So the amount of food needed to support a force this size was 300 tons a day. The routes had to be chosen wisely since there was no wagon train carrying hard tack. That said, the 300 tons of supplies came from somewhere and that source was the property of Southerners. Union forces raided county registrars and used quite open source public records to see who had cattle, who had horses, and so forth. The army split into three lines and moved in an unpredictable skein through the state according to where the resources were held. Also they intended to keep the 20,000 or so Confederate forces in the area off guard and guessing and chasing them. A group of people this large became hard to manage. What began often as foraging deteriorated into plunder, and sometimes rape and theft and murder. The unfortunate result of liberating invasion forces is sometimes the emotionally unstable members of the invading force. So Southerners hid their valuables as best they could. The unfortunate moral black eye the Union Army carried with it might be best illustrated as a line of well armed disciplined men marching with silver tea sets hanging over their shoulders. The invading army left ruins and devastated lives behind them. Whatever you might think about what’s fair in love and war, this was no different than strategic bombing that less than a century later would killed millions of non-combatants. This juggernaut invasion force delivered the Port of Savannah to the Union Army on the 21st of December 1864.

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Battle Of Shiloh, April 6th – 7th, 1862

July 6, 2010

Shiloh was fought for stakes that were nothing less than control of the upper Mississippi Valley. Robert E. Lee was looking for a surprise attack on Union troops that were on a rare roll of minor victories against the Army of Northern Virginia. At Shiloh, he looked a bit like Napoleon Bonaparte; the Grand Armee […]

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Antietam. The Bloodiest Day In American Combat History.

July 6, 2009

September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, It was the bloodiest single-day battle in all of American history, on US soil or off with about 23,000 casualties. The overall strategy looked like this. Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee were conducting defensive warfare, hoping to bait the North into invading the South. They thought a northern […]

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