Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 28, 1864: Dealing with the Indians

Kit Carson ******************************************************* In two items from different sources, both dated Feb 28, 1864, we see the Federal government pursuing some very different policies toward different native American tribes. The Osage, helping the Union in the near west, get ponies. … Continue reading

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February 27, 1864: More Southern women

A couple of items today in different papers on the spirit of Southern women. The first I couldn’t resist because it shows that bad puns have a really long history in the New Orleans Picayune (now Times-Picayune). In the second … Continue reading

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February 26, 1864: Views of the Meridian expedition from both sides

Gen. Sherman, from Harper’s Weekly, March 12, 1864 A Mobile paper printed a long letter dated Feb. 26 from a Mississippi resident, detailing the outrages committed by the Union troops in the Meridian vicinity. It appears that some troops got … Continue reading

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February 25, 1864: Steele reports on the situation in Arkansas

Steele reports that the rebels are mostly pulled back from the rivers leading up through Louisiana into Arkansas, and that they should be able to clear the state of Arkansas with a spring advance. This will lead to the Red … Continue reading

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February 24, 1864: Speculating in Confederate money

I’ve occasionally suggested that the editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch must have been an ancestor of Baghdad Bob. This story about discharged Union troops exchanging greenbacks for Confederate money would strain even his credulity. Admittedly, if I had some … Continue reading

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February 23, 1864: Replacing Lincoln

The editor of the New York Times takes a dim view of this attempt to supplant Lincoln with Chase in the upcoming election. The Presidential Question.; CIRCULAR FROM THE (SELF-APPOINTED) NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FRIENDS OF MR. CHASE. Published: … Continue reading

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February 22, 1864: Sherman’s forces “stalled” at Meridian

The Richmond Daily Dispatch takes some pleasure in the fact that Sherman’s Mississippi expedition has “stalled” at Meridian. As we’ve seen, that was the target all along, and Sherman has succeeded in destroying a vital rail link to Mobile. The … Continue reading

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February 21, 1864: Pay of black soldiers

The New York Times prints a letter from T.W. Higginson, Colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, about the injustice of unequal pay for black and white soldiers. The 1st SC was the first black regiment formed in the Union … Continue reading

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February 20, 1864: Yankee and Southern women

A couple of items in the Mobile Register and Advertiser juxtapose a story involving a southern woman with one about a Northern one, perhaps with some intent that a lesson be drawn. Yankee women dress like men and go to … Continue reading

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February 19, 1864: Jeff Thompson in prison

The New York Times reported on Feb. 19, that the “Missouri Swamp Fox,” Jeff Thompson, is a leader among the rebel prisoners in Ohio. He and other officers apparently helped to influence many prisoners not to take the loyalty oath … Continue reading

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