Monday, August 19, 2013

August 16, 1863 (Tuesday): Nothing of Interest

Colonel Edward Francis Winslow

August 16, 1863.
Colonel RAWLINS,
    Have just heard from Colonel Winslow. He was at Yazoo City on Thursday, but found no boat or troops. He started on the next day for Grenada. A party returned, but saw or heard nothing of interest.

      W. T. SHERMAN,

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 30, Part 3, Page 46.

The true history of the war includes many periods where nothing much happened.  Long spells of picket duty often produced little beyond reports such as this one.  And many small actions were fought far from the battle fields we visit today in places little noted or remembered  But for the veterans they all made up the fabric of their service and no doubt even uneventful patrols produced stories often retold after the war.  Winslow, who saw nothing of interest, was a successful railroad executive after the war.

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