Monday, March 24, 1862
CONGRESS CONTEMPLATES COMPENSATION
Not all slaves lived in states now in the Confederacy. This was more
than a little embarrassing, and downright infuriating to hard-core
abolitionists. The US Congress today debated yet another plan to
phase out slavery in Union territory, this time by compensation to
owners. Abolitionist Wendell Phillips, giving a lecture against this
notion in Cincinnati, was booed, hissed, and pelted with eggs. The
audience then took to fighting amongst themselves, and Phillips was
dragged offstage by his friends and taken away to safety.
Tuesday, March 24, 1863
ELLET EXTENDS ELLET’S ENDEAVORS
The fact that the Confederacy still held Vicksburg did not halt all
Union usage of the river. Today Brig. Gen. Alfred W. Ellet gave
orders to Col. C.R. Ellet (they were distant relatives) to take the
ramships Lancaster and Switzerland past Vicksburg to help Farragut.
The junior Ellet was ordered that if either ship was hit, the other
was not to stop to help--it was vital that at least one ship get
Thursday, March 24, 1864
RAM REPORTED READY TO RUMBLE
Lt. Commander Flusser, US Navy, was not a happy man today.
Intelligence reports were coming in from North Carolina indicating
that the long-anticipated completion date had arrived early for the
ramship CSS Albermarle. This formidable vessel featured a double
layer of iron plating, instead of one as was usual in ironclads. The
“torpedoes” (more like floating mines) were being pulled out of the
river below Hamilton, N.C., to allow her to go to sea.
Friday, March 24 1865
GORDON GOING GETS GRIM
It was coming down to do-or-die time for the Confederacy. Gen. John
B. Gordon was the point man--he got the assignment to lead the
attack on the Federal right at Fort Stedman, near Petersburg. If
Grant’s line was broken at this point it would threaten his supply
lines to City Point, Va. Grant might then be forced to pull back to
stronger but shorter lines, and this would take pressure off
everybody. The attack was set for tomorrow.
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