Posts belonging to Category 'This Day in the War'

This Day in the War: 02/11/11

Tuesday, Feb. 11 1862
DUAL DONELSON DOOM DESCENDS
Repeating the pairing that had been sucessful in the attack on Fort Henry, Gen. McClernand set out at the head of Grant’s land forces as Flag Officer Foote’s gunboats took the longer water route. The boats had to go back down the Tennessee River to Paducah, up the Ohio [...]

This Day in the War: 02/10/11

Monday, Feb. 10, 1862
ROWAN RACES ROANOKE REBELS
Cmdr. Rowan, in the USS Delaware, looked around the morning after Roanoke Island was taken, and saw several Confederate ships running for cover. He took off in pursuit up the Pasquotank River. Rowan and his force of Marines caught up with the fleet of Flag Officer Lynch, CSN. Lynch [...]

This Day in the War: 2/9/11

Sunday, Feb. 9 1862
POLK PROTEGE PILLOW PROMOTED
Proving that “political generals” were not an exclusively Northern phenomenon, on this day Brig. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow, CSA, was appointed commander of Ft. Donelson. Pillow, whose education was in law, not war, had been the law partner of one James K. Polk. He helped Polk become president in [...]

This Day in the War: 02/08/11

Saturday, Feb. 8 1862
ROANOKE RAID REWARDS RIGORS
Gen. Ambrose Burnside attacked Roanoke Island today and captured it from Confederate forces. He collected some 2000 prisoners and 30 pieces of artillery from shore batteries. Although little remembered in later years, this battle was of considerable importance at the time. Following the capture of Fort Henry in the [...]

This Day in the War: 02/04/11

Tuesday, Feb. 4 1862
SALTPETER SPECULATORS SEVERELY SANCTIONED
Confederate Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin was not a happy man. His responsibilities were wide-ranging, and little was going well in any of them. He issued today a ruling listing severe penalties for speculating in commodities that were in short supply. Prices were skyrocketing for many items, particularly [...]

This Day in the War: 2/3/11

Monday, Feb. 3 1862
ELEPHANT EMPLOYMENT EMPHATICALLY EXCLUDED
On this day President Abraham Lincoln wrote what may have been the most eloquent statement of his entire career. Never mind the Gettysburg Address, forget about the Inaugurals..here we have a triumph of the politician’s art. He had received a letter from the King of Siam. King Rama IV, [...]

This Day in the War: 02/02/11

Sunday, Feb. 2, 1862
FOOTE FIXES FIRING FRAMEWORK
Flag Officer Andrew Foote, commander of the Union naval forces on the Mississippi and tributaries, held his gunboat crews to strict standards. He issued these orders to the four crews sailing today: “Let it also be distinctly impressed upon the mind of every man firing a gun that, while [...]

This Day in the War: 2/1/11

Saturday, Feb. 1, 1862
RIVER RELATIONSHIPS REASONABLY RESPECTFUL
Union forces began preparations for the actual assault on Ft. Henry and Donelson. As the Confederate navy had no forces to speak of on the rivers of Tennessee, the effort would be unopposed. Flag Officer Foote wrote to Washington that the cooperative command with the Army was working smoothly, [...]

This Day in the War: 1/31/11

Friday Jan. 31 1862
ORDERS OPTIMIZE OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
Last Monday Abraham Lincoln had issued General War Order Number One. As seems suitable for the initial directive, Lincoln essentially had told his generals to get off their behinds and start doing something to bring the rebellious States back into the federal union. As this did not produce instant [...]

This Day in the Civil War: 1/28/11

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1862
FURIOUS FLOODING FRUSTRATES FOOTE
Flag Officer Andrew Foote, after consultation with Gen. Grant, informed Gen. Halleck that they thought Ft. Henry could be successfully taken with four gunboats and the troops who were presently available. Halleck protested that the river was flooding, and he wanted to wait until the roads were better. Foote [...]