Category Archives: Gideon Welles

October 15, 1863: Tennessee River falling

There’s been some back-and-forth between Porter and Sherman asking if the river fleet can come up the Tennessee to supply Chattanooga. The answer appears to be no. Official Records: Honorable GIDEON WELLES, Washington: SIR: The Tennessee is falling again, and … Continue reading

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September 1, 1862: No more rum in the navy!

Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Well, this is what happens when you toss the Southerners out of congress — they’ve abolished the rum ration. Flag-Officer, Comdg. U. S. Naval Forces, Western Waters. Lieutenant Commanding BYRON WILSON, U. S. Navy, … Continue reading

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