Sherman's Battle At Meridian Case Study

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After General Grant won a key battle at Vicksburg, forces under Sherman headed East toward Meridian. Meridian was a key railroad center. Sherman decided to split his army and meet at Meridian. After it was captured, he would then move on Selma, Alabama. Sherman sent several distractions, to confuse confederate general Polk and also surrounded Mobile Bay so they could not send reinforcements to their confederate counterparts. Sherman’s plans worked so well that Polk thought he was attacking Mobile Bay and thereby evacuated Meridian. One of the other regiments that split apart from Sherman’s army wasn’t so lucky. The regiment led under officer Smith met confederate resistance and in the midst of a retreat, the entire left flank of his army

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