Thursday, Feb. 6,1862
THREATENED TILGHMAN TAKES TO TENNESSEE
Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA, was in command of Ft. Henry, and
U.S. Gen. Ulysses “Sam” Grant was on his way to pay a visit.
Tilghman’s garrison was threatened from upriver, downriver, and even
from the Tennessee River itself, which had invaded the
partly-flooded fort. Exercising the better part of valor, he sent
all but the sick, a few artillerists and himself to the stronger Ft.
Donelson on the Cumberland River. He and the remaining men set about
the defenses. Battle started about 11 a.m. with an attack by the
U.S. Navy’s gunboats in the river. Tilghman managed to hit Foote’s
boats with 59 shots, but was compelled to surrender by 2. Grant’s
as it turned out, were stuck in the swamps and missed the
Friday, Feb. 6, 1863
NAPOLEONIC NEGOTIATING NEATLY NEGATED
The great powers of Europe were beginning to extend gracious offers
of mediation to help the backward North Americans resolve their
intramural squabbles. Yesterday, Queen Victoria had put a polite
spin on things by saying to Parliament that “...it has not yet
seemed to Her Majesty that any such overtures could be attended with
a probability of success.” Today, Secretary of State Stewart
informed the government of France that the kind offer of mediation
extended by Napoleon III was being declined by Lincoln’s government.
The South, while hoping for full diplomatic recognition from some
government someplace, would have settled for negotiations, since it
would have acknowledged their existence as a separate nation.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 1864
CONFEDERATE CONGRESS CONFISCATES CARGO
In Richmond on this day a law took effect that was intended to
accomplish two things: display defiance toward the Federal
government , and relieve the desperate shortage of supplies. In the
first part of the law, it was declared illegal to use US paper money
in any transaction. In the second, no export of cotton, tobacco,
sugar, molasses or rice was to leave port unless the government was
given half the proceeds of the sale of the total tonnage.
Monday, Feb. 6, 1865
PATRIOTIC PEGRAM PERISHES POSTNUPTIALLY
South of Petersburg today occurred the Battle of Hatcher’s Run. Gen.
U. S. Grant was continuing to extend his lines in hopes of
surrounding the Army of Northern Virginia. Robert Lee’s forces were
doing what they could to impede this. Brig. Gen. John Pelgram, CSA,
led his cavalry forces out, and was killed. His wedding to Hetty
Caty had been the social event of the year in Richmond; his funeral
took place in the same church. Hetty had been a bride for three
weeks when she became a widow.
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