generals. he never gave up. and that what took him through to the victory of vicksburg, later chattanooga, and then into virginia in 1864 against robert e. lee. that, by the way, is going to be my next boot. i'm going with grant to virginia. i'm not abandoning the western theater. after all he came from the western theater, and i still live here. so, we're not abandoning the western theater, just going eas to show them how it's done. but i'm looking forward to that. and as i did with the book on grant at vicksburg, the general and the siege. i like to focus on him on a daily basis, what was he doing. never really read anywhere, what was he doing during the seeming of vicksburg on a daily bay is? what roles did he actually play? and i will do that in -- with him in virginia, too. so, i think to use one of the
phrases we're used to these days-grant went from rags to riches and did it the hard way. he earned it. and he had to really fight and scrap, but he made it. >> a question toward tom here. involves one of mississippi's own guys, earl van dohrn, i hear he is quite the lady's man, and suspect, general? >> easterly van dohrn is a fascinating individual. he is at the heart of what i do at the civil war interpretive center because he is the army commander, army of west tennessee, his campaign is to retake all of west tennessee but he has to take the garrison at corinth first, and he has got a lot to live up to. much is thought of him at the
beginning of the war. he is the second ranking jenna mississippi, only to jefferson davis. he is placed in command of the transmississippi department, and he leads an army to defeat at pea ridge. he brought across the mississippi river, shortly after the battle of shiloh. he misses a few opportunities to hurt general halak's army group during the siege of corinth. in the late summer of 1862, this army of west tennessee attacks corinth from the northwest and it's a two-day battle, and van dohrn is terribly beaten. ...
the final attack that he orders against the union line on the morning of the over four, the the confederate brigades are just decimated. and john creekmore is per grade, suffers more casualties in that battle in any confederate arcade, in any battle throughout the war and all the history of books missed out. the top 10 list of other brigades and casualties, those men at the second texas 42nd alabama gets forgotten. dan doren doesn't even realize it, but at the time of the battle he has been replaced. john pemberton has been broadened to be the overall commander at the department. van dorn has re-organize the
army and put himself right out of a job. but it works to his advantage. after grant begins his first campaign against this third, dan doren is called upon to be a calgary commander. he's finally come into office a calgary commander in leeds this incredible raid that goes around grant's army proceeding southward towards jackson. the only time during the war the calgary changes the course in the campaign, grant is forced to retire out of mississippi completely. his stars on the rise. he does well as a calgary commander and as you alluded to in the spring of the 1063 and he
begins to play dr. what the doctor's wife and the jealous husband dispatches general van dorn instead of dying with glory on the battlefield, he shot by a jealous husband at the height of his military career. >> where the gentleman at the podium. >> i am wondering about the homefront. i don't know if you all want to tackle this. i am assuming that it increased at the moment the war started because there weren't as many men around to chase them. what happened to cotton production immediately loved in one sense made the worst start. correct me on any of this stuff.
but what the slaves gone i'm assuming and a lot of the white men and owners gone, i am assuming that caught production could do very well. with slaves gone i'm assuming and with a lot of the white men owners gone, i'm i'm assuming the cotton production couldn't do very well and i'm wondering how what ever happened on the plantation during the civil war, of course a lot of people didn't come back and certainly slaves didn't, not that they all left even during emancipation and 63 but then cotton production and any other kind of economic thing in the south seems like it took 40 years to get started again. i'm wondering about that. on that plantation during the civil war, anything, anything you could say about that. >> to questions there, the first one dealing with the slaves on the plantation. they didn't all leave at the beginning of the
war because basically when slaves leave is the point when union armies get close enough to provide them protection. you don't see a mass exodus from say the plantations in northern mississippi until the spring of 1862 when federal armies get close enough that they can make that -- towards freedom safely. they can reach what their goal is to get some protection there. the farther south the union armies go in 1862 in 1863, you will see slaves on plantations are there southward start that process as well. it something similar as with the union isn't that doctor bauer talked about, a lot of mississippians and don't become unionists because until union army be shows up in their neighborhood area and it's beneficial to them to become union now because of the confederates supporters. that's
sort of the same thing with this lays on the plantation. another aspect of that you mentioned there were not as many men around to catch them and go after them if they left and so on. the confederate army, and in spring of 1862 will exempt will exempt certain officials, like sheriffs, constables, other political duties and so on and they will be the main ones who will be hunting runaway slaves. there is still each of those law-enforcement officials in the counties that will go after any slaves that might have run off. the second question about cotton production, you are correct it does take a nosedive, almost immediately when the war begins. that's not so much there weren't slaves to work the plantations it's more, acly