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Away from Pittsburg Landing/Corinth there were operations taking place, concurrently, that affected the build-up of opposing forces... the Battle of Shiloh... the Siege of Corinth. The impact was felt in the availability of men and resources; effect on timing; and 'progress' of the Grand Strategy. The following five questions relate to some of those peripheral operations: 1) The first canal dug by the Union in an attempt to bypass a strong Confederate position on the Mississippi River was a success: Federal steamers made use of this canal to facilitate transport of Union troops into a st
Along with Flag-Officer Andrew Foote and Lieutenant Seth Phelps, Commander Henry Walke is one of the under-appreciated Naval heroes whose early service on western waters supported Army victories at Belmont, Fort Henry and Fort Donelson (and Commander Walke's performance with USS Carondelet in running the gauntlet at Island No.10 is the stuff of legends.) Little known: before Henry Walke was assigned to service on the Western Waters, he was involved in an incident during the Secession Crisis, for which he was Court-Martialed (and found guilty of one charge.) What was the action taken by Co