Friday Aug. 9 1861
SCHOONER SUFFERES SOVEREIGNTY SHUFFLE
The tug of war on the high seas could prove exceedingly confusing to
all parties involved. The preoccupation today was the schooner
George G. Baker. This vessel was unquestionably American--but was it
Federal or Confederate? The Confederate privateer York nabbed her
first, assuming she was Union. Along came the Federal vessel USS
Union and drove York away and took the prize. The crew of the Baker,
now utterly confused, managed to slip away. As the Union approached
again off Cape Hatteras, the crew of Baker set her afire to prevent
capture at all.
Saturday Aug. 9 1862
MANY- MONIKERED MOUNTAIN MAYHEM
Some called it Cedar Mountain. After today it was better known as
Slaughter Mountain. Gen. John Pope was near Culpeper, Va., heading
for Gordonsville. Stonewall Jackson’s corps was there in wait.
However, Nathaniel Banks’ forces moved faster than expected and were
in the process of beating two of Jackson’s divisions. The third
division, headed by A.P. Hill, arrived in the proverbial nick of
time and drove Banks’ back. He retired with his force intact.
Sunday Aug. 9 1863
BICKERING BLOCKS BLACK BELLIGERENCE
The debate had gone on since long before the war about what the
proper role for blacks should be in American society. Almost no one,
north or south, advocated full equality with whites. Even this far
ito the war, there was dispute as to whether blacks could, would or
should be allowed to enlist as regular soldiers in the US Army.
Despite earlier disparagement of Negro troops, Abraham Lincoln wrote
today to U.S. Grant suggesting that Negro soldiers “if applied
vigorously, will soon close the contest” and win the war.
Tuesday Aug. 9 1864
SNEAKY SPIES SABOTAGE SAILORS
Ships were being loaded rapidly with ammunition at City Point, Va.,
so no particular note was taken of two more men carrying a large box
up to one of the ships at the wharf. Sentries questioned the two at
one point and they said, truthfully, that they had orders to deliver
it to a barge. The orders, however, like the men, came from the
Confederate Torpedo Corps. The box concealed a timer, and when it
blew up, setting off the already loaded ammunition on the barge,
debris scattered for hundreds of yards around, very nearly killing
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