Saturday July 6 1861
CUBAN-CONFEDERATE COLLABORATION CONCOCTED
Commander Raphael Semmes was just beginning his career as the terror
of Union commercial shipping. In less than a week with the CSS
Sumter he had captured seven vessels. He tried to pull off a
diplomatic coup today by depositing the prizes in Cienfuegos, Cuba,
casually telling the Spanish colonial governor that he assumed Cuba
would treat Confederate ships with “the same friendly reception..as
to cruisers of the enemy.” As this would have amounted to diplomatic
recognition of the Rebel government, the Spanish declined. The
prizes were later released.
Sunday July 6 1862
BURNSIDE BRINGS BACKUPS BAYWARD
Gen. Ambrose Burnside concluded today that his recapture of
Albermarle Sound and Roanoke Island in North Carolina was
essentially complete. He, along with a good part of his troops,
sailed from Cape Hatteras up to the James River headquarters of Gen.
McClellan. The battered Army of the Potomac, having just concluded
the messy Seven Days campaign, badly needed the manpower.
Monday July 6 1863
DUPONT DEEMED DUD, DUMPED
Rear Admiral Samuel DuPont had been a brilliant naval innovator from
the very beginning of the war, when the Union fleet had been in
severe disarray. He was not, however, as talented in politics as he
was on deck, and had clashed often with Navy Sec. Welles. After the
failure to take Charleston, S,C, DuPont wanted to explain the
problems to the nation. Welles vetoed this as likely to reduce
confidence in the Navy, and duPont was replaced today as commander
of the South Atlantic Blockading Fleet by Rear Adm. John Dahlgren, a
friend of Lincoln.
Wednesday July 6 1864
HUNTER’S HARMS HURT HAGERSTOWN HOPES
Gen. Jubal Early had decided against capturing Harper’s Ferry, but
that did not mean Maryland was safe. Today Early’s cavalry, under
John McCausland, swooped down on Hagerstown, MD and presented them
with a bill. In retribution for the raids committed by “Black Dave”
Hunter in the Shenandoah Valley, McCausland demanded a payment of
$20,000 from the city. The city fathers pointed out that they had
had no control over Hunter, and gained no benefit from his looting,
and declined to pay.
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