Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 30, 1862: The Richmond Daily Dispatch does not care for the Emancipation Proclamation

The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, predictably, isn’t too happy about the Emancipation Proclamation. There’s also a certain element of “I told you so” in there. Southern radicals had insisted that the Republicans would abolish slavery, and here they … Continue reading

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September 29, 1862: Death of “Bull” Nelson

The New York Times reports the death of William “Bull” Nelson and gives a short biography. In Louisville, Nelson dismissed general Davis from his command; in the ensuing quarrel he slapped Davis, who avenged the insult with a pistol. The … Continue reading

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September 29, 1862: Buell fired! Or not?

Remember the dispatches that Halleck sent for Buell and Thomas? The ones he later told McKibbin not to deliver? McKibbin delivered them, relieving Buell of command and transferring it to Thomas. But as we see here, Halleck quickly countermanded that … Continue reading

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September 28, 1862: Buell should crush Bragg

The New York Times sees a silver lining in the tough situation in Kentucky. Buell’s got a huge army there now, and they should be able to destroy Bragg’s army before the Confederates can withdraw back southward. KENTUCKY THE WORK … Continue reading

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September 27, 1862: Hang onto those dispatches!

Remember those dispatches Halleck sent for Buell? The ones Colonel McKibbin was not to deliver if Buell won a battle, or if George Thomas wasn’t around? Halleck tells McKibbin to hold off delivering them. Official Record: WASHINGTON, D. C., September … Continue reading

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September 26, 1862: The Yankee war on salt

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a Union attack destroyed a Florida salt works. Necessary for preserving meats, salt was one of many crucial items denied the South by the blockade. Destruction of Salt Works. –The Yankees have broken up the … Continue reading

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September 25, 1862: Cowardly president doesn’t lead troops in the field

Hard to imagine the mindset that expected the president to take the field in person, even in the 19th century. Why didn’t Obama shoot Osama face to face? From the Richmond Daily Dispatch: The Federal President. It was given out … Continue reading

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September 24, 1862: “Then, henceforward, and forever free”

The president proclaims freedom. Note that this proclamation does not merely free slaves in places the Union government did not control; it abrogates the Fugitive Slave Act, assuring that any former slave who escaped to the North would be free. … Continue reading

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September 24, 1862: Guess what’s in these dispatches for Buell

Let’s see. Halleck says that if Buell’s won a battle, don’t deliver the dispatches. If Thomas isn’t handy, don’t deliver the dispatches. All very hush-hush. Any guesses as to what these dispatches might say to Buell? Official Record WASHINGTON, September … Continue reading

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September 23, 1862: Breckinridge expected in Kentucky

Rumors had it that John Cabell Breckinridge was coming to his home state as part of Bragg’s invasion. Such a visit might spark enlistments to the Confederate cause, as Breckinridge was a favorite son. Official Record: BOWLING GREEN, [September] 23, … Continue reading

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