A NOVEL OF TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
So what happened out in the west in this parallel universe?
In August, 1861, the Confederates won the Battle of Wilson’s Creek near Springfield, MO.
In November, 1861, General Grant captured Belmont, MO.
February, 1862, Confederate Fort Henry and Fort Donelson were captured by a Union army and navy joint venture under General Grant and Naval Flag Officer Foote. This caused the Confederates to pull back from north central Tennessee to Corinth, MS, which is located in Mississippi just south of the southern Tennessee border.
February 25, 1862, Nashville, TN falls.
In March, 1862, the Confederates lose the Battle of Pea Ridge in northwest Arkansas, which eradicates the threat of the Confederacy taking Missouri.
On April 3, 1862, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston surprises a Union Army under General William T. Sherman and General Ulysses Grant at Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh) and defeats it. The Union army retreats north into Savannah, Tennessee, where it holds a line of hastily prepared breastworks. The battered Union Army ferries over the Tennessee River during the night of April 4th to the east side. Union General Carlos Buell’s forces, which had proceeded down from northern Tennessee, join Sherman and Grant on April 6th.
On April 24th, Union Flag Officer David Farragut runs his flotilla past Confederate Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, both located on the Mississippi River. These fortifications were protection for the Confederate trade center of New Orleans, LA. The Union force compels the surrender of the city the next day.
The Union Army in the west, after its mauling at Shiloh, pulls back to Camden, TN, which is about 75 miles west of Nashville, TN. Camden is on the west bank of the Tennessee River and is a good spot for a supply depot.