Monday, March 17, 2014

February 13, 1864 (Saturday): Mobile Threatened?

General Dabney Maury (Library of Congress)

RICHMOND, VA., February 13, 1864.
General J. E. JOHNSTON,
Dalton, Ga.:
    Have heard from Montgomery to-day. The enemy has struck across to Enterprise and is evidently moving on Mobile. What can you do toward striking at him while in motion, and before he establishes a new base? Have you received my dispatch of the 11th instant?* 


+See VOL. XXXII, Part II, p. 714.  

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 52, Part 2, Page 619.

Mobile was held by 10,000 Confederate troops and nearly 100 300 guns.  The Union forces were not, at the time of this memo, moving on Mobile.  But the alarm caused, which reached the President, is a good indication of the difficulties faced by the Confederate government in holding such a vast expanse of territory against a numerically superior opponent, well supplied by the Mississippi River.

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