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Collection Reference Number GLC00639.20
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1863 
Title Abraham Lincoln to Edwin M. Stanton about the Siege of Vicksburg
Date 29 March 1863
Author Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Recipient Stanton, Edwin McMasters  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Re: false reports of siege of Vicksburg. "I fear --in fact, I believe--the dispatch you mentioned is utter humbuggery...."
Subjects President  Lincoln's Cabinet  Military History  Civil War  Battle  Battle of Vicksburg  Journalism  Union Forces  
People Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  Stanton, E. M. (Edwin McMasters) (1814-1869)  
Place written [Washington, D.C.]
Theme The American Civil War; Government & Politics
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Notes: Basler 6: 155 notes that the New York Mercury printed a false report of Grant's army bypassing Vicksburg by canal. Captain Fox is Gustavus V. Fox. Pennock is Captain Alexander M. Pennock, commanding the naval station at Cairo, Ill. The false report may stem from an actual attempt to build a canal. After he failed to take Vicksburg in December of 1862, Grant ordered Sherman to renew work on a canal to bypass the city. He abandoned the effort in March of 1863 when flood waters failed to cut a deep-water channel through the canal. James McPherson, Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. Second edition (New York: McGraw Hill, 1982, 1992): 310.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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