The Mississippi Campaigns:
Battle of Memphis
June, 1862

The Mississippi Campaigns

Island #10 & New Madrid
New Orleans

The city of Memphis, Tennessee was defended by General Pierre Beauregard of the Confederacy (right). Had he been given time to prepare for the coming of General Henry Halleck, the western regional commander for the Union, Beauregaurd could have used the bluffs surrounding the city to his advantage. However they were not given any time and as a result all they had was 200 local troops and what was left of the river boats from New Orleans to defend the city.

The people of the city crowded around the battle field to watch the 90 minute taking af Memphis, which fell on June 6, 1862.

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