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Admin. Review. Lesson 9. The Civil War on the Rivers. Inland River Campaigns. Combined Union Army - Navy offensives Goal: Control of the Mississippi River Navy gunboats and transports used to support Army Union forces advance down Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to the Mississippi

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Lesson 9

Lesson 9

The Civil War on the Rivers


Inland river campaigns
Inland River Campaigns

  • Combined Union Army - Navy offensives

    • Goal: Control of the Mississippi River

  • Navy gunboats and transports used to support Army

    • Union forces advance down Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to the Mississippi

  • Divided Union Command


Kentucky and tennessee
Kentucky and Tennessee

  • Fort Henry

    • Wx

    • Debut of the ironclads

  • Fort Donelson

    • Commander’s will

    • From a total of 500 Confederate shots, St. Louis was hit 59 times, Carondelet 54, Louisville 36, and Pittsburg 20.

    • Grant captures more soldiers than all previous American generals combined


Siege of vicksburg
Siege of Vicksburg

  • Vicksburg the big obstacle to dominance of the Mississippi

  • Porter ferried Grant’s troops across to the east bank of the river, south of the fort

  • Grant takes the fort from the rear

  • Surrender on 4 July 1863

  • Naval support: gunfire, troop transport, and logistical reinforcement



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