War of the Rebellion: Serial 101 Introduction

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Vol. 48 Introduction - Serial 101

This was not really a campaign, as few battles took place beyond the Mississippi River after the clumsy Red River Campaign. There were plenty of little skirmishes and patrols, all generating reports and correspondence. It was not easy arranging the Confederate surrender, especially for all the scattered posts on the frontier.
Also on the frontier was a third force: the Native Americans, who had not changed their views about farmers moving onto their land. The Army had to patrol the frontier, and also undertook the Powder River Campaign.

This volume covers operations in Louisiana and the rest of the country beyond the Mississippi River from January 1, 1865. There were numerous small skirmishes, but no major battles. The steamer Sultana sank from a boiler explosion, killing hundreds of men who had survived Andersonville prison. The negotiations to get the Confederates to surrender were tricky, as hardliners tried to move west to Texas, or even to Mexico.
There were skirmishes in the Indian Territory, and against the Plains Indians, including the Powder River Expedition.
After the reports on operations, the more detailed correspondence follows.



Intro
Powder River Expedition Intro