Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 31, 1862: Bombardment of Island No. 10

The Carondelet running the gantlet at Island No. 10 By the way, Craig Swain has a nice piece up on Civil War Monitor about Island No. 10 and the construction of a canal to bypass it during the siege. The … Continue reading

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March 30, 1862: War or no, pronunciation is crucial

A letter to the Times advocates latitude in pronunciation. Apparently a previous letter-writer was incensed at his daughter being taught the broad British “a” in school. The Latest Atrocity in the Public Schools. To the Editor of the New-York Times: … Continue reading

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March 29, 1862: Yancey not captured

Yancey The New York Times ran several stories in March claiming that William Lowndes Yancey had been captured on board the blockade runner William Mallory, by the Union ship Water Witch. The reports were erroneous, as this correction shows: Mr. … Continue reading

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March 28, 1862: Davis calls for conscription

Jefferson Davis sent a letter to the Confederate Congress urging them to establish a draft. All “persons residing within the Confederate States, between the ages of 18 and 35 years, and rightfully subject to military duty” would be conscripted. Those … Continue reading

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March 27, 1862: Sunday liquor sales?

Just because there’s a war on is no reason to let people sell liquor on Sunday. From the New York Times: SUNDAY LIQUOR SELLERS SHOWING FIGHT. The fidelity of the police to their duty and their oaths produces discomfort among … Continue reading

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March 26, 1862: Siege of Island No. 10 gets old.

Commodore Foote After the confederate forces withdrew from New Madrid to Island No. 10, just upstream in the Mississippi, the federal forces laid siege to that island. After a couple of weeks, the siege was having a bad effect on … Continue reading

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March 25, 1862: Plans for reconstruction

Newly appointed Union governor of Tennessee, Andrew Johnson The New York Times editorialist recommends a way to start the process of reconstructing the recaptured rebel states. Union Home Guards in the South. As the rebel armies in the respective seceded … Continue reading

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March 24, 1862: Grant defends himself

Halleck, as part of his ongoing feud with his subordinate Grant, had censured him for allowing plundering at Fort Donelson, and then taking an unauthorized trip to Nashville afterward to confer with Buell. Grant was restored to command, but in … Continue reading

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March 23, 1862: Buell heads for Savannah, TN

Buell reports his situation to General Halleck, and states that he’ll be heading for Savannah, TN to support Grant in a couple of days, with four divisions. From the Official Record: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE OHIO, Nashville, March 23, 1862. … Continue reading

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March 22, 1862: The propaganda war

A New York Times editorial promotes using captured Southern newspapers as propaganda organs for the Union. The Stars and Stripes got its start that way in Bloomfield, Missouri. THE EVANGELIZATION OF THE SOUTH. TheUnion army, in its occupation of the … Continue reading

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