Thursday, March 27 1862
PRINCE PONDERS PENINSULAR PREDICAMENT
Gen. John Bankhead Magruder, CSA, was known as “Prince John” for his
rather flamboyant approach to life in general and his uniform in
particular. He was in charge of forces on the Peninsula, and
McClellan’s Army of the Potomac was on the way. In consequence
thereof, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was ordered from Richmond to
reinforce him. He was flamboyant, not stupid.
Friday, March 27 1863
FARRAGUT FLAGSHIP FORAGES FOR FUEL
Admiral Farragut’s shipping schedule on the Mississippi River was
getting decidedly complicated. He had two ships near the mouth of
the Red River to block Confederate traffic, but he was out of fuel.
Grant floated two coal ships down to him past Vicksburg. He now had
to sail upriver to join with the USS Albatross, which had snuck past
Vicksburg but was now also out of coal.
Sunday, March 27 1864
IMPROMPTU ILLINOIS INSURRECTION ILL-FATED
Many times during the War there were outbreaks of fighting against
the government by its own citizens who sympathized with the “other
side.” One such occurred overnight and into tomorrow in Charleston,
in central Illinois. “A dreadful affair took place in our town”, the
local newspaper said, when a group of about 100 Copperheads attacked
Federal troops who were home on leave. Five were killed and more
than 20 wounded before reinforcements arrived and restored order.
Monday March 27 1865
OCEANIC OUTRAGES OFFEND OFFICIALS
Not all the naval warfare was conducted off the immediate shore of
North America, or even in the Atlantic Ocean. On this day Secretary
of the Navy Welles sent orders to the USS Wyoming, docked in
Baltimore. Her commander, John P. Bankhead, was instructed
to sail in search of the CSS Shenandoah, Lt. Waddell commanding. The
last report of the location of Shenandoah had her leaving Melbourne,
Australia. The report was five weeks old.
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