150 Years Ago: Who showed the white flag? Surrender at Arkansas Post

The simple act of putting a flotilla of warships and transports on the Arkansas river practically assured the Federals of victory at Arkansas Post.  Major General John McClernand’s Army of the Mississippi, with 33,000 men on some fifty transports supported by nine warships, vastly outnumbered the defenders at Fort Hindman.  Confederate Brigadier General Thomas J.Continue reading “150 Years Ago: Who showed the white flag? Surrender at Arkansas Post”

150 Years Ago: Army Parrotts or Navy Dahlgrens tearing open Fort Hindman?

(In series of posts, continuing here and over the next few days, I figure to examine selected details of the battle of Fort Hindman.  For a good overview of the battle, please see the The Battle of Arkansas Post on Civil War Trust’s website or the series of posts at Civil War Daily Gazette.) WithContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Army Parrotts or Navy Dahlgrens tearing open Fort Hindman?”

150 Years Ago: The turning of the leaves and changes of command

After the Confederate campaigns into Maryland and Kentucky petered out in the fall of 1862, there were several changes in the lineup of Federal field commanders. I suspect most readers are familiar with the relief of George McClellan, replaced by Ambrose Burnside, which occurred this week 150 years ago. At the end of last month,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: The turning of the leaves and changes of command”