Tuesday July 9 1861
BRIGADES BUNCH BEYOND BUCKHANNON
There was little military action conducted today, but that didn’t
mean that things weren’t in the works. McClellan was moving brigades
around, with three at Buckhannon and one at Philippi, in preparation
for a planned action against Robert S. Garnett. As usual, McClellan
greatly outnumber his opponent; as usual he didn’t believe it and
waited until more forces could be gathered. The attack was to be
aimed in the direction of Laurel Hill and Rich Mountain.
Wednesday July 9 1862
MOUNTED MORGAN MAKES MILITARY MANEUVER
John Hunt Morgan had had a varied career. The native Kentuckian had
been expelled from college, then joined the Army and served in the
Mexican War, then bought a hemp factory and raised a militia group.
Today he was leading his cavalry forces against the Union, and doing
so very effectively. In fact he routed the Yankees, and captured the
town of Tompkinsville, Ky.
Thursday July 9 1863
MISSISSIPPI MILDNESS MOSTLY MIRAGE
With the formal surrender of Gen.Gardner’s forces at Port Hudson
today, the official reconquest of the Mississippi River was
complete. Even more than Vicksburg, Port Hudson’s location and
elevation made it a perfect chokepoint for hostile shipping. The
hostility was still around in full force, however. Guerillas,
irregulars, and even occasional Confederate regulars on both sides
of the river would persist in their efforts for the rest of the war.
Sniping, sabotage and occasional mortar fire was never entirely
Saturday July 9 1864
FUMBLING FEDERAL FORCES FACE FEARSOME FOE
It wasn’t really the the fault of the men in Blue that they did
poorly at the Monocacy River in Maryland today. Raw recruits,
short-term enlistees, a few veterans on leave--it was a rag-tag
force of 6000 defenders that Gen. Lew Wallace cobbled together to
oppose the 18,000 Confederates of Jubal Early who were marching on
Washington. Losing a third of their force, including 1200 missing or
captured, they nevertheless delayed Early’s march for a day. A part
of the regular army’s Sixth Corps was rushing up from City Point,
Va. to assist in Earlys ouster.
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