Friday, March 7 1862
PEA-PICKIN’ PANDEMONIUM PREVAILS
The Battle of Pea Ridge proceeded today. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, CSA,
had spent the night marching his men north to the Federal rear.
Attacked from the opposite direction than expected, the battle
quickly became one of frontier-style hand-to-hand combat, rather
than the Eastern Theater unit-against-unit approach. The deaths of
two Confederate generals-Benjamin McCulloch and James
McIntosh--threw the Southern forces into great confusion. The day
ended with the battle unfinished.
Saturday, March 7 1863
OFFSHORE OFFICERS OUTNUMBERED
Admiral S. P. Lee, commander of the North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, had a problem necessitating writing his boss. His
difficulty? The blockade ships were capturing blockade runners at a
tremendous pace. Every time a blockade runner was captured, an
officer from the capturing ship had to be put aboard in command of
the confiscated vessel until legalities could be worked out. Lee was
running out of officers and had to write for more.
Monday, March 7 1864
LONGSTREET LEAVING LIKING LACKING
President Jefferson Davis sometimes had as much trouble getting his
generals to do what he wanted as Lincoln did. Today he wrote to Gen.
James Longstreet, based in Greenville, Tenn., pressing him to get a
move on into Kentucky. He implored, he pleaded, he did everything
but send reinforcements. Longstreet had asked for them repeatedly,
and simply refused to budge without them.
Tuesday, March 7 1865
PRIVATE PARTIES PERMITTED PRODUCT PASSAGE
President Abraham Lincoln had signed orders early in the war
strictly forbidding any trade between US citizens and those of
“insurrectionary states.” Now, though, he
was suddenly signing increasing numbers of orders permitting just
such trade--as long as it was Southern produce being sold to
Northerners. This did the already critical Confederate economy no
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