Friday, March 21 1862
INACTIVITY IGNITES IMPRUDENT IMBIBING
Surprisingly enough in this very active spring, on this day very
little in the way of war-related activity occurred. Flag Officer
Foote was still shooting at Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River,
but that was about it. This may have given residents of Richmond
time to visit their doctors. Brandy, whiskey, and other distilled
beverages were in such short supply that they were dispensed by
drugstores, and only on doctor’s prescription. Amazingly, a certain
amount of bootleg trade also flourished.
Saturday, March 21 1863
STEELE SHARPSHOOTERS SABOTAGE SHERMAN
The joint Army-Navy expedition, intended to work through obscure
waterways to get in behind Vicksburg, was progressing slowly. The
waterways in question, difficult enough to navigate with a flatboat,
were definitely not designed to
accommodate ironclads. The troops, under Sherman’s command, followed
along the banks. Today they reached Steele’s Bayou, and were
harassed by Confederate sharpshooters.
Monday, March 21 1864
LINCOLN LABOR LECTURE LIVELY
A group with an interesting name got a fascinating talk today from a
man not previously known for expertise in economics. The New York
Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association received a lecture on
“Property” by Abraham Lincoln. “Property is the fruit of labor,” he
said. “Property is desirable--it is a positive good in the world.
That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and
hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him
who is houseless pull down the house of another.”
Tuesday, March 21 1865
BENTONVILLE BRIDGE BATTLE BLUNTS BELLICOSITY
The Battle of Bentonville went into a third day today as the dug-in
Confederates simply refused to yield. Eventually US Maj. Gen. J.A.
Mower’s men managed to flank the Confederate left, which endangered
a bridge that was the last avenue of retreat. Johnston fended off
the threat until nightfall, then retreated. In the face of an army
of 100,000, with fewer than 20,000 effectives left, he had little
choice. Casualties counts were 1500 Union, 2600 Confederate, a large
proportion of whom were prisoners.
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