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This quiz question has to do with the aftermath of the Siege of Corinth... 

When Major General John Pope was called east in June 1862, his role as commander, Army of the Mississippi was filled by William Rosecrans.

When Henry Halleck was called east in July 1862 (to become General-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States, with HQ at Washington) his role as commander, Department of the Mississippi was filled by whom?

[Bonus Question:  Following Henry Halleck's departure from Corinth in July 1862, to whom did Major General U.S. Grant report? ]

 

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The reason this question is important...

Many sources indicate that "Halleck departed the Western Theatre in July 1862 without restoring U. S. Grant to overall command," while others claim that "Halleck departed for the Eastern Theatre, and left Grant in charge at Corinth." And it is known that Major General Grant was allowed to "relocate his Headquarters to Memphis" in June, before Halleck departed.

If Grant was forced to report to a successor of Halleck at St. Louis (or Corinth), that would impact on how U.S. Grant conducted himself. And if Grant had no one to report to, except an immediate "supervisor" 1200 miles away, that would also influence how General Grant performed and developed.

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