Wednesday, April 24 1861
LONELY LINCOLN LAMENTS LAGGARDS
These were very nervous days in the capital of the United States.
Virginia had seceded on one side; if Maryland did the same the
capital was defenseless. A gunboat kept steam up at all times in
case the President and Cabinet should need to flee. Only a few units
had arrived from Pennsylvania and New York, and Lincoln spoke to
them today: “I don’t believe there is any North,” he said morosely.
“The Seventh Regiment is a myth...you are the only Northern
Thursday, April 24 1862
FARRAGUT FLEET FLIPPANTLY FLEES FORTS
Admiral Farragut had been trying to bomb the Confederates out of the
forts below New Orleans for a week now, without success. On this
night he set out to run past them anyway. The barricades, chains
stretched across the river, had been damaged enough that ships could
slip past, and they did until the moon rose and they were
discovered. All but three small vessels got through anyway.
Friday April 24 1863
TENTH TAX TALLY TAKEN
Like all governments, that of the Confederate States of America was
faced with the obligation of raising funds to support its
operations. When the operations included fighting a war for
independence, it became a case of desperate times calling for
desperate measures. Today a “tax in kind” was enacted, requiring a
one-tenth contribution of all produce of the land.
Sunday, April 24 1864
SHERMAN SHORTS SKIMPY SUPPLIES
Gen. W.T. Sherman was getting ready for quite a hike, and part of
his preparation was to strip the army. Orders were issued today that
when time came to march, tents would be left behind. Each man was to
carry bacon for five days, bread for twenty, and a months’ worth of
salt, sugar and coffee, besides the usual arms and ammunition. Each
regiment was limited to one supply wagon. The rules applied to
Sherman as well--he had one wagon for his entire headquarters staff,
clerks and aides.
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