Wednesday, Feb. 12 1862
DREARY DONELSON DELAY DEPRESSING
U. S. Grant’s Federal army, under the command of Gen. McClernand,
was on this day arrayed on the hills around the west side of Ft.
Donelson. The delay was caused by the fact that the gunboats, which
had left Ft. Henry at the same time as the army, had to travel about
eight times further to arrive. Although the Confederate defenders
could still enter and exit the fort to the east, it was in fact
Thursday, Feb. 12 1863
QUEEN QUARRY QUEST QUARTERLESS
The USS Queen of the West, although unsuccessful as a ramship last
week, was still an implacable hunter on the waters and tributaries
of the Mississippi. Today she took a jaunt up the Red River. Her
commander, Col. C.R. Ellet, took a landing party as far as the
Atchafalaya, where he came upon a Confederate wagon train. The
twelve wagons were destroyed, along with seventy barrels of beef,
ammunition and stores from another train.
Friday, Feb. 12 1864
INCREASING INEQUITIES INSPIRE INNOVATION
Shortages of almost every conceivable material were plaguing the
Confederacy by this stage of the war. Among the annoyances was a
lack of proper cloth to use for cartridge bags, which held gunpowder
required to fire naval guns. Today Cmdr. John Brooke of the
Confederate Office of Ordnance and Hydrograpy wrote to France for
22,00- yards of material, to be sent by 22 different ships to keep
it from all being lost to capture.
Sunday, Feb. 12 1865
SLEET SUSPENDS SNEAKY STRATAGEM
A Confederate force under Lt. Charles W. Read had loaded four
torpedo boats onto wagons and hauled them across Drewry’s Bluff,
intending to use them to attack Union boats on the James River.
Caught by a sleet storm today, they hid in a barn. A young
Confederate soldier came to tell them that one of their scouts had
been captured and Union troops knew all about the plan and lay in
wait for them at the James. Were it not for the storm, they would
have walked straight into the trap.
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