Monday April 29 1861
MARYLAND MAKES MOMENTIOUS MOVE
It was a dramatic moment in Annapolis today as the Maryland House of
Delegates (the state legislature) met to vote on the question of
secession. Virginia had already left the Union; if Maryland followed
suit the US Government would be almost forced to relocate, possibly
to Philadelphia or New York. The vote was taken, and it came down
53-13 to remain with the United States. This did not, however, put
an end to pro-Southern sentiment, particularly in the Eastern Shore
Tuesday April 29 1862
GRANT GIVES GLUM GRIPE
Ulysses S. Grant had brought the armies down from Cairo, Il., to
Pittsburg Landing, Tenn. The assemblage now numbered more than
100,000 troops and was preparing to leave for Corinth, Miss to
combat the forces of Gen. Beauregard--but not with Grant in command.
He found himself in second place behind Maj. Gen. Halleck. Grant
felt slighted after having been the victor of Shiloh.
Wednesday April 29 1863
FORMIDABLE FREDERICKSBURG FORCE FACES FORDS
The last Union troops passed over the Rappahannock River fords
upstream from Fredericksburg today. They were clear of even the far
left wing of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, but still had to cope
with the terrain which was known as the Wilderness for good reason.
Federal cavalry forces under Stoneman worked even farther around the
Confederate force, hampering communication with Richmond.
Friday April 29 1864
BAILEY, BANKS BACK BASIN BARRICADE
Admiral Porter’s fleet seemed doomed. Trapped on the Red River, they
heard today that their nemesis, Confederate Gen. Richard Taylor, was
proposing to take one of their own disabled boats and refloat it use
it as a fireboat to cause havoc and destruction to the Union fleet.
Lt. Col. Joseph Bailey came up with a deranged plan. Among their
troops were many Midwestern and Maine men with lumberjack
experience. Bailey proposed to have them build a dam across the
rapids. This would raise the water level under the ships enough than
when the dam was blown, they would all get downstream. For lack of
alternative, Porter and Banks, head of the land forces, agreed to
let him try it.
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