War of the Rebellion: Serial 103 Introduction

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Vol. 49 Introduction - Serial 103

After Hood led his Army of Tennessee to destruction at Nashville and Franklin, there were no large battles in the Western theater because the CSA had no large forces there. Sherman took his army to the sea, then into the Carolinas, but that was not the end of operations in the West. Plenty of small forces remained, and the US government needed to occupy as much territory as possible to assert political control, or at least deny the CSA control and legitimacy. The stage was set for small battles, skirmishes and guerrillas throughout the Union-occupied South, and raids into the areas that the Union had not yet occupied.

This volume covers the small but bitter actions in the Union-occupied South, plus the Border States of Kentucky and West Virginia, with their fractured loyalties in 1865.
It also covers the complex campaign that finally took Mobile, Alabama, for the Union after the forts had been captured by Admiral Farragut. General James Wilson's cavalry raid into Alabama and Georgia, south of Sherman's route, is covered. A few US probes from ports in Florida receive attention.
The reports are backed by the correspondence, both Union and Confederate.



Intro
Mobile Bay Campaign Intro