Thursday, Feb. 13 1862
DONELSON DEFENSES DEFINITELY DISPUTED
The attack on Ft. Donelson began today. The gunboat Carondelet
started the morning with a bombardment. This was followed by an
attack by Grant’s forces, led by C.F. Smith on the left and
McClernand on the right. In an unusual move the Confederates changed
commanders in the middle of the battle, when Gen. John B. Floyd
arrived with reinforcements and assumed command from Gen. Pillow.
The change failed to lead to any improvement in the Confederate
Friday, Feb. 13 1863
INTACT INDIANOLA IS INVINCIBLE
The union gunboat USS Indianola, commanded by George Brown, was in a
rather tricky position. She was serving as a tugboat, ignominiously
enough, and needed to get past Vicksburg to deliver supplies. Brown
simply waited for nightfall, got up steam, and ran the river.
Despite heavy Confederate fire, his ship and the three barges she
had in tow passed the city untouched.
Saturday, Feb. 13 1864
CHUNKY CREEK COMBAT COMMENCES
Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces continued their progress through
Mississippi today. This particular stretch was known as the Meridian
Campaign, for the excellent reason that that was their next
objective. On this day heavy fighting flared at Chunky Creek, Miss.,
with additional combat taking place at Wayne.
Monday, Feb. 13 1865
CONGAREE CROSSING COMING CLOSE
Today Gen. Sherman was marching through South Carolina, approaching
the banks of the Congaree River. All the forces the South had
available, Beauregard in Atlanta, Hardee in Charleston and Fort
Sumter, even the great cavalryman Wade Hampton, who had been sent
South to help with the defense, seemed unable to do anything to stop
or even slow the implacable Sherman. After crossing the Congaree, he
would make clear his target: Columbia, the capital. At this point,
though, nobody had a clue where he was headed.
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