Tuesday, April 8 1862
ISLAND INCIDENT INCREASES INSECURITY
The big news in the newspapers of both countries today was the
results of two battles: the tragic losses at Pittsburg Landing and
New Madrid Bend if you were reading in Richmond. Of course, if you
were reading the news in Philadelphia, New York or Washington, you
were overjoyed to hear of great victories at Shiloh Church and
Island No. 10 . The latter was a small island in the Mississippi
River which was one of the few defenses left above Vicksburg.
Wednesday, April 8 1863
CANOE CONCEALMENT CARRIES CURIOUS CARGO
An extremely unusual craft made rendezvous with the USS Richmond
below Port Hudson today. Edward C. Gabaudan, secretary to Admiral
Farragut, needed to get a message to the captain of the Richmond,
but no communications were available. So a canoe was decorated with
sticks, branches and other rubbish until it resembled a floating
log. The messenger, armed with a paddle and a pistol, lay down any
time he felt he might be observed.
Friday, April 8 1864
BANKS’ BOYS BADLY BATTERED
Gen. Nathaniel Banks, USA, was moving a large force across Louisiana
towards Shreveport, with little in the way of opposition. Maj. Gen.
Richard Taylor, CSA, decided that this was something up with which
he would not put, and put together a force large enough to oppose
it. Banks aided this by letting his lines get intermingled with
supply wagons, and when Taylor attacked, all was chaos. The attack
was finally driven off, but many Union men were captured.
Saturday, April 8 1865
INCAPACITY INCHES INEVITABLY INWARD
Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was endeavoring to get to
its next goal, Lynchburg Va. This required them to pass the area of
Appomattox. Close behind them were the Army of the Potomac, under
Meade, with commanding Gen. Grant in accompaniment. In front of them
was a large force of Union cavalry under Phil Sheridan, who were
already in possession of the railroad to Lynchburg and was capturing
every supply train. Lee responded to Grant’s letter today, declining
to surrender but offering a truce.
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