Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 31, 1862: Most complete rout of the war

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne Patrick Cleburne defeated Bull Nelson at Richmond, Kentucky on August 30; the news only got out to Nelson’s superiors the next day. Some reports claimed Nelson had been captured. In fact he escaped, though wounded. However, … Continue reading

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August 30, 1862: A little Irish humor

Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran of the Irish Brigade The Richmond Daily Dispatch indulges in a little ethnic humor. It’s easy to forget that black Americans weren’t the only group considered subhuman by the dominant culture. Our Government a Despotism! The … Continue reading

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August 29, 1862: The Union and Slavery

Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune had always been more aligned with the radical side of the Republican party, favoring abolition. The New York Times, representing the moderates, is pleased to see the Tribune supporting Lincoln’s “Union first” views. THE REBELLION … Continue reading

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August 28, 1862: Draft Insurance

The New York Times editorial decries the practice of selling draft insurance. Apparently it was possible to pay an insurer who would provide a substitute for you if you were drafted into the Union forces. The editorial argues that this … Continue reading

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August 27, 1862: Counterfeit Confederate money

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a counterfeiting “flutter”. Counterfeiting was a serious problem for the Confederacy, in part because the North, well supplied with printing shops, had no law against printing fake Confederate currency, and in fact may have quietly … Continue reading

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August 26, 1862: Mary Todd Lincoln’s woes

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints this item from the Atlanta Intelligencer. Despite their protestations, it seems a bit like a taunt to me. In any case, Mary Todd Lincoln did lose two brothers who fought for the south in the … Continue reading

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August 25, 1862: Buell’s in trouble

Recently Buell had named William “Bull” Nelson to command the defense of Kentucky, only to have Horatio Wright sent by Halleck to command the department and supersede Nelson. If that looked like an ominous sign about where Buell stood with … Continue reading

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August 24, 1862: Sherman to an old classmate – so you want your slaves back?

William T. Sherman had been president of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy in Baton Rouge before the war, and he had many Southern Friends — some of whom were even classmates of his from West Point. … Continue reading

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August 23, 1862: Nelson’s not in charge after all

Horatio G. Wright We saw a few days ago that Buell had selected “Bull” Nelson to lead the defense of Kentucky against the rebel invaders. It appears something went wrong with his plan, as Halleck had sent Major-General Wright to … Continue reading

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August 22, 1862: Butler swears in the New Orleans Native Guard

New Orleans was unique in the south for its affluent free black population. When secession came, free black New Orleanians formed The Louisiana Native Guard much as other state militias had been formed. However, when state militias were absorbed into … Continue reading

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