This Day in the Civil War

Saturday, Jan. 25, 1862

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 to seriously threaten the project.

Sunday, Jan. 25, 1863

Gen. Burnside, his army back now in winter quarters after the disaster of the “Mud March”, met today with Lincoln. He demanded the removal of several other generals, or else. He threatened to resign himself from a command he had never much wanted in the first place. Lincoln took him up on it, and appointed Gen. Hooker in his place as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

Monday, Jan. 25, 1864

Cpl. Lucius W. Barber, member of Co. D of the 15th Illinois Vol. Inf., took advantage of a slow day in at Camp Cowan, Miss., to write a letter home. “A good many of the boys were engaged in making keepsakes out of “Pemberton Oak”...the wood being gotten out of the tree under which Pemberton and Grant sat when the final terms of the surrender of Vicksburg were agreed upon. There was not a root or branch remaining...”

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1865

After the capture of Ft. Fisher, Admiral Porter had ordered that the “lighthouse” be left lit, as it had been the signal to blockade-runners that all was clear to enter Wilmington harbor. On this day, Acting Lt. Francis Green led a boarding party from the USS Tristam Shandy aboard the steamer Blenheim, just inside the sandbar at New Inlet, NC. This was the third ship captured in this slightly underhanded manner.

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