Wednesday, March 12 1862
OTTAWA OCCUPATION OPPOSITION OMITTED
The USS Ottawa under the command of Lt. Thomas F. Stevens, on this
day moved in to take charge of Jacksonville, Fla. This was
accomplished without difficulty or needless bloodshed, largely
because there was no opposition whatever. Such was not the case
farther north in Winchester, Virginia, where the Federals were able
to move in only because Thomas J. Jackson’s men moved out on a
mission south in the Shenandoah Valley.
Thursday, March 12 1863
SHEET SHORTAGE STIFLES SCOOPS
Dateline: CSA Today. New Newspaper Prints in Richmond! The
“Sentinel” printed its first issue in the Confederate capital of
Richmond, Va. today. The capital was amply served with newspapers,
and they were avidly read by civilians and troops alike. Soldiers in
the field would pool their last few cents to buy a paper every time
a sutler had one available. The paper shortage was a problem,
though--all the papers were printing on half-sheets these days.
Saturday, March 12 1864
RED RIVER RECONNAISANCE READY
Admiral David D. Porter prepared two naval expeditions today, and
led one of them. He ordered the gunboats Eastport, Essex, Ozark,
Osage and Neosho, along with four wooden steamships, to proceed up
the Red River. Admiral Porter himself took several ironclads, and
three wooden paddle-wheelers on a trip up the Atchafalaya River
toward Simmesport, where Federal troops were to be landing.
Sunday, March 12 1865
FRAGILE FAYETTEVILLE FACILITIES FLAMED
Marching through the Carolinas, Gen. Sherman practiced the same
rules he had used while marching through Georgia: anything that
could be of use to the Confederacy that came into his path was put
to the torch. Buildings, public property and particularly machinery
was considered to fall into this category. Today one burning was
particularly satisfying: the equipment at the Fayetteville Arsenal.
It had originally been stolen from the US Arsenal at Harpers Ferry
at the beginning of the war and shipped South.
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