Thursday May 23 1861
VIRGINIA VOTES VEXATIOUS VISION
The United States Constitution ceased to rule in the home of so many
of its writers today. The “Mother of Presidents” voted an ordinance
of secession by a total of three to one. The geographic division of
the vote told a different story, however. The central and eastern
parts of the state voted heavily to secede.
The residents of mountainous western Virginia felt differently, and
voted almost to a man to remain in the Union.
Friday May 23 1862
MINOR MELEE MAKES MAJOR MIRAGE
In the Battle of Front Royal, Va., today the forces of Gen. Thomas
Jackson, CSA, soundly defeated the 800 Union soldiers under Col.
John Kenly, capturing many of them. The victory put Jackson’s 16,000
men in a position to cut Gen. Nathaniel Banks’ army off from
reinforcements from Winchester. It also put them in a great position
to attack Washington, DC, at least in the opinion of many nervous
residents of the capital. This battle also featured opposing units
from the same state--Maryland had representatives on both sides.
Saturday May 23 1863
STORMY SNEAK SAFELY SUBDUES SARAH
It was a dark and stormy night indeed on the Mississippi River twist
known as Bayou Sarah tonight. This did not make for happy minds or
stomachs among the men of Gen. Nathaniel Banks who had to cross the
waterway. Nevertheless the crossing was made, and the wobbly
fighting men made their way to Port Hudson, where they committed
some skirmishing on the Plains Store Road.
Monday May 23 1864
HILL, HANCOCK HOPSCOTCH HOSTILITIES
The Battle of the North Anna took place today, and a most confusing
event it was. The actual fighting didn’t start until late afternoon
as US Gen. Warren’s corps was crossing the
river and was hit by A.P. Hill. Warren resisted, and while they were
fighting US Gen. Wright began crossing the river too. Meanwhile
Hancock’s Federals pushed their opponents out of position on the
other side of the Anna. The Union army was divided, but the
Confederates were unable to take advantage as they once might have.
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