Saturday June 29 1861
STEALTHY SNEAK STEALS SHIP
Some folks still had not gotten the message that there was a war on.
One such was apparently the captain of the side-wheel steamer St.
Nicholas, which was providing passenger service in Chesapeake Bay as
usual. Last night they took aboard a group which included a rather
ugly woman. This proved to be George N. Hollins, CSN, and he and his
companions, using weapons they had concealed under their women's
garments, simply took over the ship. They went hunting for blockader
USS Pawnee, but couldn’t find her so captured three small fishing
Sunday June 29 1862
SICK SOLDIERS SURRENDER SAVAGE’S STATION
The Seven Days Battle ground into its fifth day today with the
Federal forces in retreat. The Union rear guard was protecting
McClellan’s posterior as much as it was the armies’--what was
supposed to have been a clean sweep to Richmond was turning into yet
another setback. Stonewall Jackson’s brigades, brought up in haste
to join the campaign, did not make it to their assigned place in
time. If they had the Army of the Potomac would have faced near
annihilation. As it was, 2500 sick and wounded Union men had to be
abandoned at Savage’s Station.
Monday June 29 1863
MEADE MOTIVATES MASSIVE MOVEMENTS
Gen. George Meade had received a promotion at 7 a.m. yesterday when
he was named commander of the Army of the Potomac. This job had
defeated generals who had had months of preparation--and Meade was
faced with an invader on Pennsylvania soil. Robert E. Lee sent
orders to Jubal Early in York, telling him and the other outlying
commanders to begin to concentrate on a little crossroads town
called Gettysburg. Facing him was a small Union cavalry unit with a
big commander--John Buford. Meade was coming as fast as he could.
The supposedly lethargic Union troops were marching 20, 30,
sometimes 40 miles in a day.
Wednesday June 29 1864
KENNESAW COMBAT CONTINUES CONCLUSION
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain two days ago had been a severe loss
for Gen. William T. Sherman. Thinking he could duplicate his success
at Missionary Ridge he had sent repeated charges against Johnston’s
well-dug-in troops, and been repulsed every time. Finally
acknowledging defeat, Sherman’s men today continued to gather in the
wounded and bury the dead. The plan for the march on Atlanta,
although delayed by the loss of 2000 casualties, was still on.
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