Thursday Aug. 8 1861
CAMERON CLARIFIES CONTRABAND CONCERNS
For weeks now, Gen. Benjamin Butler had been sending increasingly
urgent telegrams from his post at Ft. Monroe, Va. to Washington,
asking what he was supposed to do with the Negroes who were flocking
into his camp. Some were freed when Union troops took control of the
area where they had lived, some had run away from further South.
Under the letter of the Fugitive Slave Law Butler was supposed to
send them back to slavery. Today Secretary of War Simon Cameron
wrote that slaves from areas in insurrection were to be considered
free and Butler could do what he liked with them.
Friday Aug. 8 1862
DETERMINATION DETAINS DRAFT DODGERS
Maryland, as a border state, had always been a worrisome area from
the Union point of view. Add in that it contained the national
capital and the issue of security became tremendous. However, the
same draft laws that applied to the rest of the country had to be
followed here too. Those of secessionist leanings had avoided these
in the past by departing without forwarding address. Under policy
announced today, draft evaders were to be subjected to arrest.
Saturday Aug. 8 1863
LEE LAMENTS LATEST LOSSES
“I, therefore, in all sincerity, request your Excellency to take
measures to supply my place,” the telegram read. It was from Robert
E. Lee and it was a letter of resignation to Jefferson Davis. The
season that started with the amazing triumph of Chancellorsville had
ended in the futility of Gettysburg, contributing to a deep
depression in Lee. His physical health had not been good either,
with a possible heart attack and repeated assaults of digestive
disorders. Davis declined the resignation.
MONDAY AUG. 8 1864
SHAKY SOUTHERN SURRENDER SEALED
The Battle of Mobile Bay was over..but there was the minor matter of
two forts located near the entrance to the bay yet to be settled. Ft
Powell was evacuated and blown up, but there was the matter of Ft.
Gaines to take care of. Col. Charles D. Anderson ,CSA, had spent
yesterday in negotiations, with a little prodding from the guns of
the USS Chickasaw. Today matters were completed, and by 10 a.m. the
Stars and Stripes flew over Mobile Bay.
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