Tuesday, March 25 1862
LAUNDRY LOADS LEAD LIST
Mary Ann Bickerdyke, 44, of Galesburg, Il., was regarded by many
doctors and officers as a nag, a hag, and a major nuisance. She was
dedicated to the welfare of sick and wounded soldiers, and went
over, around or through anything that stood in the way of supplying
same. Today she started a campaign to get proper laundry equipment
for hospitals, emphasizing the money that would be saved by reusing
soiled uniforms rather than replacing them.
Wednesday, March 25 1863
FARRAGUT FLOATING FLEET FAILS
The two Federal ramships sent by Gen. Ellet to assist Admiral
Farragut had only one obstacle: they had to pass under the guns of
Vicksburg to get to him. The current was with the ships, but the
wind was against them, slowing them and letting the shore batteries
send withering fire. USS Lancaster was hit first in the steam drum,
then by a shot to the stern that sunk her quickly. Most of her crew
escaped to the Switzerland which, although disabled, was able to
float out of range.
Friday, March 25 1864
PESOTA, PAW PAW PROTECT PADUCAH
The name of Nathan Bedford Forrest was enough to strike fear in the
hearts of Union men anywhere in the Western theater. Forrest himself
led his cavalry in an attack today on Paducah, Ky. Aiming for Ft.
Anderson, which protected the city on the Ohio River, Forrest raised
havoc. The fort batteries, in conjunction with the gunboats Pesota
and PawPaw in the river, drove him off after a day.
Saturday, March 25 1865
SOUTHERN SNEAKINESS STARTS STEDMAN SABOTAGE
A group of Rebels showed up at the gates of Ft. Stedman, near
Petersburg, Va., at 3 a.m. today, saying they had had enough and
were deserting. This was not exactly true, as the Federals found out
an hour later when Gen. John Gordon, CSA, showed up in force and
attacked. The fort was quickly overwhelmed, especially after the
“deserters” went around committing sabotage and opening gates.
Gordon captured the fort and almost a mile of Union lines, but
didn’t have enough men to hold them and ultimately withdrew.
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