Saturday, Feb. 1, 1862
RIVER RELATIONSHIPS REASONABLY RESPECTFUL
Union forces began preparations for the actual assault on Ft. Henry
and Donelson. As the Confederate navy had no
forces to speak of on the rivers of Tennessee, the effort would be
unopposed. Flag Officer Foote wrote to Washington that the
cooperative command with the Army was working smoothly, a fairly
amazing development in itself.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 1863
WORDEN WIDENS WAR WITH WILLIAMS
The mortar schooner C.P. Williams, Commander Worden in charge, set
out today to assault Ft. McAllister on the Ogeechee River, not far
from Savannah, Ga. He had tried earlier and been thwarted by mines
and other obstacles in the river. This time, with three gunboats in
support, he got close enough to damage a parapet and several guns.
The remaining fire, however, was accurate and dangerous
enough to drive his forces off.
Monday, Feb. 1, 1864
CONGRESSIONAL CONSCRIPTION COMMITTED
President Lincoln today issued an order that another half-million
men be drafted on or before March 10. The period of enlistment was
to be three years, or the duration of the war. Pressure was also
used to encourage troops whose time was nearly up to re-enlist on
the same basis. At the beginning of the war, enlistments of nine,
six, and even three months had been permitted.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1865
SHERMAN SURGES SERIOUSLY
After weeks of preparation, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman set out on
his next mission. He moved wings of his armies to seem to threaten
either Charleston, S.C, or Augusta, Ga--but his actual target was
Columbia, S.C., capital of the Secession State. Defenders attempted
to slow the Federals by felling trees across roads and burning
bridges, but the only real threat was the flooded Savannah River,
which slowed the advance of Gen. Henry Slocum on the left wing.
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