By Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Arnold Henry Savage Landor' memoirs of his excursion to unknown South the USA and his come across with the local Bororo Indians. initially written in volumes, this publication comprises illustrations, maps, plates and images
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Farragut’s hope for a quick end to his river campaign ended at Vicksburg. Lee became quickly frustrated after sending a message to Confederate outposts demanding, upon the authority of Flag Officer Farragut and Major General Benjamin Butler, controversial Massachusetts politician and now the military commander of New Orleans, that Vicksburg surrender. ” He invited Farragut and Butler to offer surrender instructions, if they dared. General Martin Luther Smith, a New Yorker with a Georgia wife, commanded Confederate forces in the city and also rejected Lee’s message, with the comment that he had been ordered to hold the city and 38 Vicksburg: First Attack he intended to do so.
44 Corinth: The Siege That Was Not 33 The incident demonstrated just how out of touch Davis was with the situation in the West in general and in his home state in particular. If he had any idea how badly Beauregard was outnumbered, and why an army facing two-to-one odds could not be expected to make a long stand at Corinth, he would have understood Beauregard’s decision. Davis did not understand, but he thought he did. He considered himself well-schooled on conditions in the western theater. Therefore he believed Beauregard had lost Corinth due to the general’s incompetence.
There was a hairpin turn there, which challenged the power of vessels going upstream against the current and skilled pilots going downstream with the current. One can stand on those bluffs today and easily imagine the river as it was then and why military minds, both Union and Confederate, considered Vicksburg the key to controlling the river and its supply lanes that connected the trans-Mississippi with the rest of the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln, not a professional military man but endowed with much common sense, looked at a map of the region early in the war and saw clearly that Vicksburg was “the key” to the area.
Across Unknown South America by Arnold Henry Savage Landor