In , he launched an mile raid through Mississippi and Louisiana that was a significant factor in the Union's successes in the Vicksburg Campaign. He and his men took part in several actions in Mississippi for which he received brevet promotion to the rank of major general. Shortly after his arrival in Mobile from New Orleans on April 13, , Grierson began planning another raid through the Southeast in coordination with Maj. Canby's men had captured Mobile the day before after defeating Confederate forces at Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley on April 8 and April 9, respectively.
After gathering a force of about 4, men at Blakeley , Grierson headed north on April 17 to meet up with another Union column already in the field under Gen. Smith and to then determine his exact targets. Grierson and Smith conferred near Greenville on April 22, after which Smith moved to occupy Montgomery which had recently surrendered to Union forces under Gen.
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James H. Meanwhile, Grierson divided his command into two forces and moved eastward.
He sent a column led by Maj. Thomas J. Lucas towards Union Springs and another, which he accompanied, under Brig. Joseph Karge, towards Eufaula, a significant river port and shipping center. Though Grierson's forces did not participate in any pitched battles, their forays into the state's hinterlands during the last days of the Confederacy did result in a few notable events. As his columns advanced through Troy , Louisville , and Clayton towards the Georgia border, some detachments came under fire at least twice from Confederate forces. On April 23, near the village of Manningham in Butler County , Grierson and his men skirmished briefly with a home guard unit, routing them with no reported losses.
As two new producer-writers who have just walked wearily and joyously down that road, we feel that perhaps our reasons would interest the readers of a single-purpose journal such as Civil War History. No doubt David O. Selznick was inspired to transfer to film Gone With The Wind because of its great love story when he purchased the galleys from Margaret Mitchell and was perceptive enough to recognize that it would become one of the best sellers of all time.
John Huston and Dore Schary were undoubtedly moved by the poetic passages of Red Badge of Courage and envisioned this property transformed to film as a document that would truly portray the futility of war. There have been many assorted and varied films using as a basis the carpetbagger period in the South, and many westerns using as antagonist or protagonist the embittered Blue-Belly veteran from the North or the Johnny Reb of the Confederacy who lost his plantation in the struggle. Our venture into our first independent motion picture was decided upon when we read Harold Sinclair's novel The Horse Soldiers.
To us as writers, it had all the dash and boldness of a commando raid. It had a fresh background for its type of story, and we both felt sympathetically that the War between the States was the last of the gallant wars. It was the last time that America would ever war brother against brother. There was a chance in this epic story for a spectacle and an opportunityforwarmth.
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I was tremendously impressed by his research and his approach, and I never forgot that history, as Napoleon said, is told by the winners. This was a different story from that. Brown calls it an 'adventure', and he writes about Grierson's Raid in just that way. The obstacles overcome, the boredom and exhaustion of the ride that took these Union cavalry units hundreds of miles acr One of the first books I read after getting out of the service in was Dee Brown's 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. The obstacles overcome, the boredom and exhaustion of the ride that took these Union cavalry units hundreds of miles across Mississippi and into Louisiana, the pursuers, the battles and skirmishes, even the petty jealousies that coloured the relationships between the officers--all of these things are detailed, examined, interpreted, and turned into a fine study of history.
Dec 12, William Durkee rated it really liked it. I am pretty familiar with US Cavalry history.
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However, I hadnt heard the details of this raid before. This is a detailed diary of one of the most able leaders of horse soldiers.
The raid was initiated as a diversion from Vicksburg, and in that mission, was a complete success. The pursuit of the Illinois 6th and 7th Cavalry regiments drew pretty much ALL of the mounted seccessionists from the Mississippi, allowing Grant to launch an amphibious assault, gain a toehold, and divide the confederacy i I am pretty familiar with US Cavalry history.