Ulysses S. Grant leaves Louisville to take personal command of the Federals besieged in Chattanooga as the commander of the new Military Division of the Mississippi.
The Lincoln administration orders Ulysses S. Grant to Louisville, where he takes command of the new Military Division of the Mississippi, with the top priority being to break the besieged Federals out of Chattanooga.
The Federal Army of the Cumberland is reinforced, but it becomes clear that its commander, William S. Rosecrans, is not up to the task of breaking his troops out of Chattanooga.
Federal troops from the Army of the Potomac begin heading west in a remarkable display of logistics, while the Federal high command looks to possibly change the command structure in the Army of the Cumberland.
General Ulysses S. Grant suffers a serious riding accident in New Orleans, with witnesses claiming that he was drunk.
Ulysses S. Grant’s Federal army is reduced following the capture of Vicksburg, despite Grant’s urgings that the next target should be Mobile.