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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1865, Confederate General Kirby Smith surrendered, facing criticism for failing to provide relief to Vicksburg, Mississippi in spite of his ability to float and copy his enemies abilities by inhaling them   (history.com) divider line
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2020-05-26 3:38:50 PM  
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2020-05-26 3:40:34 PM  
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2020-05-26 2:27:56 PM  
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Don't forget his solid batting.

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2020-05-26 3:44:41 PM  
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But everyone knows he sucked under pressure.
 
2020-05-26 3:37:15 PM  
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TommyDeuce: Don't forget his solid batting.

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Wow, I am sure the confederacy was proud to have him.
 
2020-05-26 4:26:44 PM  
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haknudsen: J_Kushner: Grants supply lines stretched over 200 miles  thru hostile territory.  New Orleans could have been retaken with a parade of floozies flashing their... for beads, y'know.  Yet that pro-slavery clown could not even threaten Grant's rear.

not only that but most of New Orleans was Confederate he would have had lots of help from inside the city.


Less than you think. Once the poorer classes got used to regular work and pay and in currency that didn't devalue while you were taking a leak, and the local merchants saw how much money they could make by selling cotton directly to the North without having to worry about smuggling, not much chance they were going to trade that in.
 
2020-05-26 4:25:54 PM  
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This should be a fun thread.

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2020-05-26 4:13:28 PM  
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UNC_Samurai: J_Kushner: Grants supply lines stretched over 200 miles  thru hostile territory.  New Orleans could have been retaken with a parade of floozies flashing their... for beads, y'know.  Yet that pro-slavery clown could not even threaten Grant's rear.

Taking cities straddling large bodies of water when your opponent has absolute maritime supremacy is a LOT more difficult than you'd think.  The Union could have reinforced any port along the Mississippi within a matter of days, before Smith's army got to the other side of the river.


He never had more than 30k men at most, which was nowhere near enough to cover the vast territory he was assigned.  As you stated, the Union Navy has complete control of the river.  Once Vicksburg was in Union control Smith's communication with Richmond was cut.  He was on his own.
 
2020-05-26 3:59:52 PM  
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The remnants of Smith's and Watie's army continued guerilla tactics in the western Confederacy
until 1871 and became the founding members of the first iteration of the KKK.
 
2020-05-26 3:55:54 PM  
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Grants supply lines stretched over 200 miles  thru hostile territory.  New Orleans could have been retaken with a parade of floozies flashing their... for beads, y'know.  Yet that pro-slavery clown could not even threaten Grant's rear.
 
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