Posts belonging to Category 'This Day in the War'

This Day in the War: 1/27/11

Monday, Jan. 27, 1862
LINCOLN LASHES LAGGARDS
Utterly fed up with the inactivity of his generals and their armies, President Lincoln today issued the extraordinary General War Order No. 1. This order directed that all Union forces, on land as well as at sea, were to advance upon the insurgents and attack them on Feb. 22. [...]

This Day in the War: 1/26/11

Sunday, Jan. 26, 1862
BEAUREGARD BLITHELY BOUNCES BATTLEFIELDS
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, CSA, known as the “Creole” for his Louisiana origins, was reassigned today. The hero of Sumter and Manassas had been commanding forces in Virginia under Joseph E. Johnston. He was now ordered to Tennessee to be second in command to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.
Monday, Jan. [...]

This Day in the War: 01/25/11

Saturday, Jan. 25, 1862
PIMLICO PUMMELING PAUSES
The storm that had been battering the fleet off Cape Hatteras abated somewhat today, and efforts were redoubled to move the ships over the Hatteras sandbars into Pimlico Sound. The work was purely physical, as opposed to military, as there was insufficient Confederate manpower on either land or sea [...]

This Day in the War: 01/24/11

Friday, Jan. 24, 1862
HORRID HATTERAS HAPPENINGS
Large numbers of Union ships have been waiting for weeks now off Cape Hatteras, N.C. for the weather to clear to launch an attack. The waiting had become tedious, as Pvt. D.L. Day, 25th Mass. Vol. Inf., wrote in one of his many letters home: “..Mr. Milligan says fair weather [...]

This Day in the War: 1/13/11

Monday, Jan. 13, 1862
CRAFTY CAMERON CASHIERS CLAY
In a follow-up to the resignation of Simon Cameron, Lincoln named Edwin M. Stanton as the new Secretary of War. Cameron was named Minister to Russia, replacing Cassius Marcellus Clay. Stanton was a prominent Washington lawyer, having served previously as Attorney General during the Buchanan Administration. The council of [...]

This Day in the War: 1/12/11

Sunday, Jan 12 1862
MORIBUND MCCLELLAN MEETS MEMBERS
President Lincoln was increasingly distressed by the lack of movement of the armies in Virginia. A meeting of the upper leadership of the army had been conducted yesterday Today the same group met again, but this time at the White House, and the presidential cabinet was included in the [...]

This Day in the War: 01/11/11

Saturday, Jan. 11, 1862
CAMERON CANNED, CORRUPTION CURBED
A reasonably relieved President Lincoln today accepted the resignation of Secretary of War Simon Cameron, and appointed him ambassador to Russia, that being about the most distant place he could think of to send him. Although no proof of personal dishonesty or theft by Cameron was ever determined, there [...]

This Day in the War: 12/22/10

Sunday Dec. 22 1861
BRIDGE-BURNING BASICALLY BANNED
Theoretically speaking, Missouri should have been a state as calm and peaceful as any in the Union, Confederate and Southern-sympathizing troops having been withdrawn across the Arkansas border after the battle known as Wilson’s Creek. This status was, of course, illusory and the bands of partisans, guerillas, freebooters and plain [...]

This Day in the War: 12/21/10

Saturday Dec. 21 1861
BRITS BOAST BELLIGERENCE BENEFITS
The death of Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth, may have had the nation in official mourning but this did not keep the Empire’s bureaucracy from their work. The greatest empire of the day was not about to take much more misbehavior from an upstart ex-colony, in this case [...]

This Day in the War: 12/20/10

Friday Dec. 20 1861
TRENT TURMOIL TRENDS TERRIBLE
Shuttle diplomacy was not yet a term in common use, but communications were shuttling back and forth by every vessel traveling between Washington and London. The dispute did not center so much on the fate of the two Confederate commissioners Mason and Slidell themselves–although their release to British [...]