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John A. McClernand
Civil War Encyclopedia >> People - Union Military
August 8, 1846 U. S. President James Polk requests 2 million dollars to purchase land from Mexico following the Mexican-American War. David Wilmot of Pennsylvania attaches the "Wilmot Proviso" to this bill. It passes in the House but is tabled in the Senate. Pennsylvania
  Wilmot Proviso
  Wilmot Proviso [full text]
  Causes of the Civil War
  James Polk
  Stephen A. Douglas
February 13, 1862
February 16, 1862
Battle of Ft. Donelson

General Ulysses S. Grant demands the unconditional surrender of the garrison from an old friend, Simon Bolivar Buckner
  Fort Henry and Fort Donelson
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Bloodiest Civil War battles
  John Floyd
  Nathan Bedford Forrest
  Gideon Pillow
  Lew Wallace
  Army of the Tennessee
  Fort Henry and Fort Donelson
  Simon Bolivar Buckner
January 4, 1863 Major General McClernand begins to move up the Arkansas River towards Arkansas Post. He orders General Sherman to accompany him, but he has not received authorization for such a movement.
  William Tecumseh Sherman
January 10, 1863
January 11, 1863
Battle of Arkansas Post
Battle of Fort Hindman

General John McClernand [US] defeats Brigadier General T. J. Churchill [CS] at Fort Hindman or Arkansas Post. Defending the outpost on the Arkansas River, 5,000 Confederates are surrounded by a force of 50,000 Union troops, and a U. S. Naval squadron under the command of Admiral David Porter. The Navy silenced the Confederate artillery and McClernand attacked, gaining the outer walls. The Confederates then surrendered.
  First Vicksburg Campaign
  William Tecumseh Sherman
March 29, 1863 Stymied in his attempt to reach Vicksburg on the east bank of the Mississippi, Grant orders General John McClernand to march south on the west bank to Miliken's Bend
  Second Vicksburg Campaign
May 26, 1863
July 4, 1863
Siege of Vicksburg

Date of the start of siege varies from May 18 - May 26.
  Ulysses S. Grant
  William Tecumseh Sherman
  James McPherson
June 18, 1863 Major General John McClernand is relieved of command by Ulysses S. Grant for insubordination
  Ulysses S. Grant

Political general John McClernand served as a Democratic Representative from Illinois from 1843 until 1850 and again from 1859 until 1862. He was well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. He was one of only three northern representatives to vote against the original Wilmot Proviso.

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