Friday, Jan. 24, 1862
HORRID HATTERAS HAPPENINGS
Large numbers of Union ships have been waiting for weeks now off
Cape Hatteras, N.C. for the weather to clear to launch an attack.
The waiting had become tedious, as Pvt. D.L. Day, 25th Mass. Vol.
Inf., wrote in one of his many letters home: “..Mr. Milligan says
fair weather has been known here, and taking that as a precedent, we
may naturally conclude it perhaps _may_ be again......I..never read
of but one [storm] that exceeded this. That was the one Old Noah got
caught out in...”
Saturday, Jan. 24, 1863
PORTER PURLOINS PARAPHERNALIA
Rear Adm. D. D. Porter’s forces today trapped 11 Confederate
steamers loaded with supplies and headed for Vicksburg. Despite this
success, he wrote his superior, Secretary of the Navy Welles: ..”I
am guarding the Yazoo River. The front...is heavily fortified.
Unless we can get troops in the rear of the city I see no chance of
taking it...though we cut off all their supplies.”
Sunday, Jan. 24, 1864
SMALL SABBATH SKIRMISHES SUFFERED
The major fronts were all quiet on this day.
Some Union pickets failed to remain alert near Love’s Hill,
Tenn., and were captured. Operations and skirmishes occurred near
Nachez, Miss. and Tazewell, Tenn. A Federal expedition left today on
a trip up the James River in Virginia.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1865
EXCHANGE EXPLORATION EXCITES ELATION
The Confederate Congress proposed yet again that the exchange of
prisoners-of-war should be resumed. On this day, quite unexpectedly,
Gen. Grant accepted the proposal. It had been his decision
originally to discontinue the exchanges, on the grounds that the
loss of trained soldiers, even in equal numbers, was much more
damaging to the South than it was to his armies, due to the great
superiority the North had in manpower availability.
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