Wednesday, May 15 1861
BAINBRIDGE BLUFFS BULLION BANDITS
United States interference in the affairs of Central America has a
long history. Today the USS Bainbridge was ordered to the Atlantic
coast of Panama. This was a major transshipment point for cargo from
the American west coast--including the gold mines of California. The
concern was that this would be very attractive to Southern
privateers, since the Confederate government desperately needed the
gold to buy munitions abroad.
Thursday May 15 1862
DARLING DREWRY DEFENSES DAUNTING
A fleet of five Union ironclads, including the USS Monitor, steamed
up the James River towards Richmond today. Since taking the naval
base at Norfolk the lower end of the river was undefended. The ships
got within eight miles of the Confederate capital when they came to
Fort Darling, the defensive station on Drewry’s Bluff. Obstructions
in the river slowed them, and the cannons blasted them. They
retreated. Drewry’s Bluff was never taken.
Friday May 15 1863
SHERMAN STOMPS, STEALS STORES
With the capture of the capital of Mississippi yesterday, Gen. U.S.
Grant moved the main part of his army back out of town to Edward’s
Station, not far from Clinton. This placed his men only about four
miles from the Confederates under Gen. Pemberton. Meanwhile, back in
Jackson, Grant had left Gen. Sherman with orders to take what the
army needed and destroy anything remaining that might help the
Southern military effort.
Sunday May 15 1964
RESACA RUMBLE ROLLS ROUGHLY
Gen. Sherman had his own army by this time, and he was fighting the
men of Joseph E. Johnston once again, this time at a little Georgia
town called Resaca. The battle had actually opened yesterday, but
overnight Sherman had got his entire force in position, and Johnston
had got reinforcements from Gen. Polk. In a separate action, some
247 students from Virginia Military Institute took part in a battle
against a larger Union force under Gen. Siegel. The Confederates
won, and the day is still celebrated as a holiday in Lexington, Va.
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