Monthly Archives: December 2013

December 31, 1863: No more rebel substitutes

The Richmond Daily Dispatch approves of the passage of a bill eliminating the practice of hiring substitutes to serve for drafted men in the south. The practice contributed to the “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” unrest, and the Dispatch … Continue reading

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December 30, 1863: Drunks!

I’m not sure who the Richmond Daily Dispatch has in mind here, but they were apparently pretty incensed at Confederate officers who were drunk on duty. Intemperate officers. The crime of intemperance in a military or naval officer ought to … Continue reading

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December 29, 1863: Grant heading for Atlanta?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints a letter from a northern paper about Grant’s plans. Although Grant himself, as we’ve seen wanted to move on Mobile, the correspondent here believes he will advance on Atlanta in the late winter and early … Continue reading

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December 28, 1863: Johnston not too happy

Johnston, having just been put in command of the Army of Tennessee, complains in a rather passive-agressive note to Secretary of War Seddon that he has no control over his army’s supplies. He seems to be suggesting that Polk wants … Continue reading

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December 27, 1863: Johnston takes command

Having lost Chattanooga, Bragg is out; Johnston is in. Richmond Daily Dispatch: The army of Tennessee. Dalton, Dec.27. –Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and staff arrived here last evening. To day he issued an order assuming command of the Army of … Continue reading

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December 26, 1863: Drawing down forces in East Tennessee

Halleck and Grant agree that forces can be reduced in East Tennessee, and he can wait for spring for the next campaign. Official Records: WASHINGTON, D. C., December 26, 1863. Major-General GRANT, Nashville: GENERAL: Your letter of the 17th is … Continue reading

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December 25, 1863: Christmas under the blockade

The Richmond Daily Dispatch finds a bright side to a Christmas celebration in circumstances straitened by the lack of Northern goods and imported libations. How the black inhabitants celebrated is left to the imagination. Christmas day, in this city, was … Continue reading

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December 24, 1863: Indian reconstruction

The New York Times reports on efforts to make peace with Indian tribes who affiliated with the Confederates. They will have to free their slaves; the Creeks have already agreed to do so. Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24. As the terms … Continue reading

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December 23, 1863: Clearing out west Tennessee

Grant sets out to clear the guerrilla forces from western Tennessee, wanting to leave his theater secure before he heads for Mobile. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Nashville, Tennessee, December 23, 1863. Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief, Washington, … Continue reading

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December 22, 1863: Votes on the draft and black troops

The New York Times reports a couple of congressional votes on troop enlistments — one to draft equally from everyone, regardless of class, and another to enlist black troops. The Military Committee of the House to-day recommended the entire abolition … Continue reading

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