Monday, March 17 1862
MCCLELLAN MAKES MASSIVE MOVE
From a starting point at Alexandria, Va., Gen. George
McClellan packed up his things and went for a trip. The things in
question were virtually the entire Army of the Potomac, whose
initial destination was the vicinity of the James and York Rivers.
He had strict orders to leave sufficient forces to guard the
capital, which he very nearly did not do. The entire excursion would
come to be known as the Peninsula Campaign.
Tuesday, March 17 1863
CURIOSITY CADAVERIZES CONFEDERATE CANNONEER
The Battle of Kelly’s Ford took place on this day. William Woods
Averell took his Union cavalry unit across the Rappahannock at the
aforenamed crossing and engaged Confederate soldiers in fierce
combat in the brush-covered terrain. The losses were 78, Union, 133
Confederate. The best-known casualty was John Pelham, artillerist,
whose talent had been spectacular at Fredericksburg. He was not even
a combatant, being present only as an observer.
Thursday, March 17 1864
COMMANDERS COMMENCE CINCINNATI CONFERENCE
Never a big fan of paperwork, it took until today for Gen. U.S.
Grant to formally assume the job of commander of all the armies of
the United States, which he had had for several days. To finish his
conference with Sherman, Grant took him to Cincinnati to talk in
private. They settled the details of what became known as the
Anaconda Plan, which--eventually--squeezed the Confederacy out of
Friday, March 17 1865
MOBILE MILITARY MANEUVERING MENACE
Mobile, Ala., had had Union troops march around it on nearly all
sides and all directions, except into it. Union Maj. Gen. E.R.S.
Canby planned to change all that. He gathered up his forces, which
numbered in the vicinity of 32,000 men, and started marching one
group from Mobile Point and another from Pensacola. Available for
the defense of the city were perhaps 2800 Confederates.
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