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Battle of Fort Hindman

Also: Battle of Arkansas Post

The Battle of Fort Hindman was also known as the Battle of Arkansas Post. In order to protect Little Rock, Arkansas, and also have a position to disrupt Union movement on the Mississippi, the Confederacy built Fort Hindman on a bluff above the Arkansas River a bit upriver from the Mississippi. Union General John A. McClernand received permission from Lincoln to attack Vicksburg, but after co-opting Gen. William T. Sherman's troops away from Grant's Army of the Tennessee, McClernand instead attacked and captured Fort Hindman.


McClernand's troops
Alexander Simplot. "Embarkation of General M'Clernand's Brigade at Cairo--The Advance of the Great Mississippi Expedition--January 10, 1862." From Harper's Weekly. New York, February 1, 1862. 9 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.

This image shows McClernand's troops loading for their attack. $35


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