Saturday, March 15 1862
DUCK DELAYS DAMAGE DUTY
Armies and generals were being shifted around today like pieces on a
chessboard. Sherman and Hurlburt’s divisions arrived at Pittsburg
Landing, on the Tennessee River. At the same time, Gen. Buell was
being ordered by his boss, Gen. Halleck, to proceed away from
Nashville and towards Savannah, Tenn. Buell, being a good officer,
would have been more than happy to comply,
were it not for the problem of the Duck River. It was between him
and Savannah, and it had no bridges.
Sunday, March 15 1863
CYANE CONFIRMS CHAPMAN CONSPIRACY
Few Civil War actions are reported from the West Coast, but there
was one today. The USS Cyane, under command of Lt. Cmdr. Paul
Shirley, got suspicions about the imminent sailing of the schooner
J.P. Chapman. He sent a boarding party to the ship and talked with
the crew of four. This led to the discovery belowdecks of an
additional crew of seventeen Confederate sailors, numerous guns,
ammunition and other military stores not
suitable for civilian sailing.
Tuesday, March 15 1864
RUSSY RAZED, REBELS RACED
Celebrations for the capture of Ft.
DeRussy, on the Red River, by the gunboats
of Admiral Porter, were brief. Captured yesterday,
the fort was being destroyed today by the ironclads USS
Benton and Essex. Three of the remaining boats were headed upriver
at the highest speed they could manage, in hopes of cutting off the
Confederate boats before they could ready the rapids at Alexandria.
The Rebels escaped by half an hour, with one ship burned to avoid
Wednesday, March 15 1865
SHERMAN STRIKES SEVERAL SITES
William Tecumseh Sherman moved out from Fayetteville, N.C. and the
Cape Fear River area today in full stride, his men supplied and
organized and coordinated with other forces. Kilpatrick’s cavalry
was leading the way for Slocum’s men on the left wing of the march,
which proved to be the right place for them: there was considerable
skirmishing on that side, as the Confederate defenders concentrated
their last efforts at resistance in that direction.
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