Saturday Sept. 14 1861
DAVIS DEBATES DUBIOUS DETAILS
On those rare occasions when Jefferson Davis didn’t have enough to
worry about, along would come a day like today, when he received a
complaint from Gen. Joseph E. Johnston concerning the issuance of
ranks. Johnston had been a general in the United States Army, after
all. Now he was ranked behind Robert E. Lee and even P. T. G.
Beauregard, who had been a mere major when the war started. Davis
and Johnston had been friends at one time, but this perceived
slight, which Davis never felt able to change, was the beginning of
a rift between the two.
Sunday Sept. 14 1862
AGGRESSIVE ANTIETAM ACTION ANTICIPATED
Robert E. Lee was not in a good position: inside enemy territory
(Maryland), with the enemy army of the Potomac bearing down on him.
In what must have seemed to many to be lunacy, Lee’s response was to
split his already outnumbered forces. He directed Gen. Thomas J.
“Stonewall” Jackson to take the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry.
As the Ferry was a logical target, Union Gen. George McClellan had
sent his left wing under Franklin to reinforce it. Franklin ran up
against McLaws in Crampton’s Gap. A battle ensued, which the Yankees
won, but Franklin got nervous and decided to dig in instead of
proceeding on to Harpers Ferry. This did not prove to be a wise
Monday Sept. 14 1863
SAILORS SHOULD HAVE SKIPPED SERVICES
It was a very dispirited group of United States Navy members who
marched away from Rodney, Miss., today. Not only was it bad enough
to be marching rather than sailing, but they were marching under
guard, on their way to prison camp. The problem had originated
yesterday aboard their vessel, the USS Rattler. A group of twenty,
whether motivated by a need for spiritual solace or a simple desire
to break up a boring patrol, petitioned their captain to go ashore.
Acting Master Walter E.H. Fentress agreed to the request. It was a
decision Fentress came to regret when the men were captured by a
Confederate cavalry patrol as they were attending church.
Wednesday Sept. 14 1864
ANDERSON AMBULATES ANXIOUSLY AWAY
Gen. Robert Early, CSA, was under pressure from all sides. Detached
from Lee’s army defending Petersburg, he was supposed to be raiding
near Washington, creating panic and a demand for Grant’s troops to
be brought back North. This effort had not worked, and now Lee
wanted him back to help with the siege defenses. Gen. Phil Sheridan,
USA had been brought in to encourage his departure as well. The only
person who didn’t want Early to move South was....Early. He had
tried sending back one corps, under R.H. Anderson, but they had run
into Sheridan and retreated back to Early’s lines. Lee was becoming
insistent, though, so today Early decided to try again at sending
Anderson’s men South.
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