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within the Union lines, and not infrequently prepared the Confederate generals for the next move.
Of course, wrote General Sherman to his wife, in a letter from Camp in front of Vicksburg, dated April 10, 1863, the newspaper correspondents, encour the sidings every thirty miles or so to give the troop and cracker trains right of way. Nearly four long months it took Sherman, newly commanding in the West, to accumulate the vast supplies he would need for his big army of one hundred thousand menother long, sinuous, slender thread of railway, guarded at every bridge, siding, and trestle, was reeled off as fast as Sherman fought on southward, until at last he reached the prize and paused again to draw breath, rations, and clothing at Atlant, of Napoleon were planned and marched over the best of roads, firm and hard, high and dry. The campaigns of Grant, Lee, Sherman, Johnston, Sheridan, Stuart, Thomas, Hood, Hooker, Burnside, and Jackson were ploughed at times
Letters from home—the
gunners—some of whom bethought them at Centreville that their time was up and it would be pleasanter going home than hell-ward, as a grim, red-whiskered colonel, Sherman by name, said they surely would if they didn't quit straggling.
There were half-fledged Zouaves, like the Fourteenth New York (Brooklyn), and full-rigged Zouavesto have been due to Frank P. Blair, who, early in 1861, began organizing home guards.
Blair subsequently joined Grant's command and served with that leader until Sherman took the helm in the West.
With Sherman Major-General Blair fought in Georgia and through the Carolinas.
Smyth, of Delaware
Little Delaware furnished to theSherman Major-General Blair fought in Georgia and through the Carolinas.
Smyth, of Delaware
Little Delaware furnished to the Federal armies fifteen separate military organizations.
First in the field was Colonel Thomas A. Smyth, with the First Delaware Infantry.
Early promoted to the command of a brigade, he led it at Gettysburg, where it received the full force of Pickett's charge on Cemetery Ridge, July 3, 1863.
He was brevetted major-general and f