Tuesday, Feb. 25 1862
NORTHERN NECESSITY NABS NASHVILLE
Nashville, Tennessee, today changed hands without a shot being
fired. As a result of Gen. U.S. Grant’s armies’ capture of Ft.
Donelson and Ft. Henry, the city had basically become militarily
indefensible. Confederate governor Isham Harris had packed up his
office records and left town a week ago, following in the footsteps
of Gen. Hardee’s troops, which had come to town only to pass
through. Andrew Johnson was assigned by Lincoln to be military
governor in place of Harris.
Wednesday, Feb. 25 1863
MARITIME MISHAP MARS MAIL
Acting Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes had precipitated one
international crisis already in the war, by seizing two Confederate
agents off a British ship on the high seas. He was at it again
today, ordering the taking of a British merchantman carrying mail
and cargo bound for Mexico. His logic: much cargo to Mexico wound up
smuggled into the Confederacy. British logic: up with this they
would not put. They demanded the mail be returned, unopened. It
Thursday, Feb. 25 1864
BOYS IN BLUE BAFFLED BY BUZZARDS BATTLE
Brig. Gen. George Henry Thomas continued to demonstrate around
Dalton, Ga. Today, on his orders, Federal troops under Maj. Gen.
J.M. Palmer approached greater metropolitan Buzzard’s Roost, Ga. and
attempted an encroachment. The Confederate defenders were already
there in sufficient force, and in a strong position, so the Union
men returned to their previous position with the Army of the
Cumberland without offering hostilities.
Saturday, Feb. 25 1865
CAPE CURRENT CAUSES CONSTERNATION
The CSS Chickamauga had had a fairly brief
career. After her completion in Wilmington port, the army commander
had opposed her going to sea, on the basis that the ironclad would
only cause the Federals to increase the number of blockade ships.
Today the ironclad was scuttled to block the Cape Fear River at
Indian Wells. Before she could be completely grounded she was caught
by the current and swung around to the bank. She was no
impediment to traffic at all.
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