150 Years Ago: Grierson rides out of LaGrange

On the morning of April 17, 1863 Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson launched one of the most important cavalry raids of the war: In accordance with instructions from Maj. Gen. S. A. Hurlbut, received through Brig. Gen. W. S. Smith, at La Grange, Tenn., I left that place at daylight on the morning of April 17,Continue reading “150 Years Ago: Grierson rides out of LaGrange”

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”