—As the excitement of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond dies down, some personal papers of Col. Dahlgren’s come to light. 14-year-old William Littlepage finds on Dahlgren’s body a notebook and some other papers folded with it. It is the speech the Colonel had prepared to give to his troops, but never did, as well as other notes. In one note are these words:
(Source: The Civil War Daily Gazette http://civilwardailygazette.com )
---The U.S. Senate approves Andrew Johnson as Federal Military Governor of Tennessee.
---Rebel irregulars clash with Federal garrison troops just outside of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with the Federals inflicting greater losses on the guerillas and driving them off.
—Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman writes to Gen. Banks (Army of the Gulf, preparing to ascend the Red River in Louisiana) with instructions about the use of two divisions of troops that Sherman is sending to cooperate with Banks on this campaign. Notice that Sherman’s very concise, curt, and direct style make it clear that he does not want to be without those troops one minute longer than is necessary:
Major General N. P. BANKS,
Commanding Department of the Gulf, New Orleans:
GENERAL: I had the honor to receive your letter of the 2nd instant yesterday at New Orleans, but was unable to answer it except verbally, and I now reduce it to writing.
I will arrive at Vicksburg the 6th instant, and I expect to meet there my command from Canton, out of which I will select two divisions of about 10,000 men, embark them under a good commander, and order him, first, to rendezvous at the mouth of Red River and, in concert with Admiral Porter (if he agree), to strike Harrisonburg a hard blow; second, to return to Red River and ascend it, aiming to reach Alexandria on March 17 to report to you; third, that this command, designed to operate by water, will not be encumbered with land transportation, say two wagons to a regiment, but with an ample supply of stores, including mortars and heavy rifled guns, to be used against fortified places; fourth, that I calculate, and so report to General Grant, that this detachment of his forces in no event go beyond Shreveport, and that you spare them the moment you can, trying to get them back to the Mississippi in thirty days from the time they actually enter Red River. The year is wearing away fast, and I would like to carry to General Grant, at Huntsville, Ala., every man of his division as early in April as possible, as I am sure we ought to move from the base of the Tennessee River to the south before the season is too far advanced-say April 15 next.
|Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA|