Tragic Years, 1860-1865: A Documentary History of the American Civil War - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER 23
MISSISSIPPI HIGH
JINKS: VICKSBURG

LATE IN JANUARY 1863, Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana, telegraphed Lincoln: “It is important that I see you for a few hours, but I cannot leave long enough to go to Washington. Can you meet me in Harrisburg?”

Morton believed that he had collected evidence of a conspiracy among Democratic politicians in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois to form a Northwest Confederacy, cast aside New England as an abolitionist’s wilderness, and join with the South. Perhaps Lincoln never called Morton—as some said he did—“the skeerdest man I know of”; but, in any event, the President replied calmly:

“I think it would not do for me to meet you at Harrisburg. It would be known, and would be misconstrued a thousand ways. Of course if the whole truth could be told and accepted as the truth, it would do no harm, but that is impossible.”


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Governor Morton sent a courier to see Lincoln. Essential to the success
of any Northwest Confederacy, the Governor stressed, was control of
the Mississippi. Lincoln doubtless held his temper, though he might
have inquired why a campaign against Vicksburg had been weeks in
planning if he were not aware of the river’s importance. Sherman’s
failure in December to take the city by frontal assault had increased
Southern defiance and emboldened the Butternuts. Again, Lincoln
didn’t need Morton to tell him these facts of political life. His hope was
that something of a happier nature would occur with the spirited bride-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1863 - Continued ix
  • Chapter 23 - Mississippi High Jinks- Vicksburg 563
  • Chapter 24 - Seesaw- Vicksbrg and Gettysburg 599
  • Chapter 25 - Fateful July 633
  • Chapter 26 - The Rock of Chickamauga 669
  • Chapter 27 - "The Year of the Proclamation" 703
  • Chapter 28 - The Depths of Suffering 722
  • 1864 751
  • Chapter 29 - "A Hideous Failure" 753
  • Chapter 30 - "Cries Arose of Grant!" 780
  • Chapter 31 - "Bold Offensive" 813
  • Chapter 32 - From Cherbourg Harbor to Peach Tree Creek 839
  • Chapter 33 - "War Is War" 868
  • Chapter 34 - The Best of Freedom 898
  • Chapter 35 - While All Georgia Howled 924
  • Chapter 36 - A Gift for Mr. Lincoln 949
  • 1865 971
  • Chapter 37 - A King’s Cure for All Evils 973
  • Chapter 38 - The Hard Hand of War 991
  • Chapter 39 - "An Affectionate Farewell" 1012
  • Chapter 40 - "Where I Left Off" 1043
  • Notes 1052
  • Index 1067
  • About the Authors 1098
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