Thursday April 18 1861
DAUNTLESS DEFENDERS DARE DISPLEASURE
In response to Lincoln’s call for militia, Pennsylvania sent five
companies. Known as the “First Defenders” the men departed from
Philadelphia to Washington, which required them to pass through
Baltimore. This was not the healthiest thing for them to do, as
pro-secession flags were flying on several buildings on Federal Hill
in Maryland’s largest city. The men, unarmed, untrained and
unprepared, received no more abuse than dirty looks, scowls and a
few rude remarks.
Friday, April 18 1862
NEW ORLEANS NAVAL NASTINESS NOTED
Today was commenced the Battle of New Orleans, with an attack on two
defenses on the river below the city, Ft. Jackson and Ft. St.
Phillip. Mortar fire from navy gunboats was the form of the attack,
an innovation proposed by Commander David Dixon Porter to his
commander, and adoptive brother, David Glasgow Farragut. The attack
would continue for most of a week, and the mortars indeed did little
damage to the forts.
Saturday, April 18 1863
COMMODORE CONFISCATES CONFEDERATE CARGO
It was a day of weeping and sorrow in the offices of the owners of
the blockade-runner Alabama. Off the coast of Florida this
unfortunate vessel had the misfortune to encounter the USS
Susquehanna, Commodore Hitchcock commanding. Fully loaded with some
of the most desirable items for a blockaded country--coffee, dry
goods, wine, even nails--she was captured and confiscated. Her
owners’ sorrow was balanced by the glee of Hitchcock’s men, who got
to keep the proceeds instead.
Sunday, April 18 1864
RED RIVER RENDEZVOUS RUINED
The cavalry expedition of Gen. John Marmaduke, CSA, scored its first
victory today in a battle at Poison Springs, Ark. They came upon a
large Federal wagon train, made up of foragers who were trying to
unite with Banks’ part of the Red River expedition. After a short
but sharp battle the Federals fled, leaving their wagons behind, all
158 of them.
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