Tuesday Sept. 17 1862
MARYLAND MAGNATES MOSTLY MISSING
There had been a meeting of certain members of the Maryland state
legislature scheduled for today. Despite the fact that the capital
of the state is in Annapolis, this little get-together had been
planned to take place in Frederick. The reason for the solitude, not
to mention the lack of publicity, was that these members were
Southern sympathizers, and their intention was to work out a way for
Maryland to secede from the Union. Their attempts at secrecy had not
been entirely successful, however, and a number of the gentlemen had
been arrested by Federal officials on their way to the meeting. They
were now on their way to prison on an island in Boston Harbor, and
the meeting was cancelled.
Wednesday Sept. 17, 1862
ANTIETAM ACTION ACHIEVES ACUTE AGONY
Sharpsburg, Maryland, was where the two great armies of the East
finally met today. McClellan, displaying his characteristic
hesitation, kept realigning troops and did not order an attack; Lee,
outnumbered two to one, was not inclined to start things either.
Although Stonewall Jackson had rejoined the Army of Northern
Virginia, A.P. Hill had not, being still on the way from Harpers
Ferry. Before the day was done, 23,000 Americans would be dead,
wounded or missing: 12,000 Union men and some 11,000 in grey. It has
been calculated that during the 12 hours the battle lasted, men died
at the rate of 35 per minute. It was the bloodiest single day of the
War, or in fact in North American history.
Thursday Sept. 17 1863
BRAGG BLOWS BIG BREAK; BLAMES BETTERS
Braxton Bragg, who had defended Tennessee so well for the
Confederacy that he was now backed up into northern Georgia, had had
a chance for the last week to attack Rosecrans' exceedingly
scattered forces. Although several orders had admittedly been
issued, for one reason or another no actual attacks had taken place.
One result of this was that acrimonious notes, nastiness and name-calling
were making the rounds between Bragg and his corps commanders. The
other result of this was that the Union army was now reassembled in
much better order, and Bragg had no choice but to attack the whole
thing at once. The best plan he could come up with was a thrust at
the Federal right, to cut off their line of retreat to Chattanooga.
Unfortunately for Bragg, this thought had occurred to Rosecrans as
Saturday Sept. 17 1864
RADICAL REPUBLICAN RACE RANKS REDUCED
John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder”, former commander of the US forces
in St. Louis where he spent far more time fighting with Frank Blair
Jr. than marching to fight Sterling Price’s Confederates, did a
noble deed today. He informed a committee of the Radical Republicans
that he was declining their request that he run for President in the
primary against Abraham Lincoln. Although he regarded Lincoln as a
failure (the fact that Lincoln had relieved him of command in St.
Louis may have influenced this opinion), he disliked the Democrat,
McClellan, even more. McClellan’s victory, Fremont said, would
result in “separation or re-establishment [of the Union] with
slavery” still intact.
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