Friday, March 28 1862
GLORIETA GALLANTRY GETS GALLING
Little is talked about Civil War actions much west of the
Mississippi River. Even less is known about battles in the Far West,
but one such occurred today at La Glorieta Pass, in New Mexico
Territory. This area was but sparsely settled by white folks, but
they nonetheless found something to argue about. A Confederate
command under Col. W. R. Scurry was camped at Pigeon’s Ranch. They
were attacked head-on by Federals under command of Col. John P.
Slough. The Federal attack, although valiant, was both outnumbered
and unsuccessful and was slowly falling back. However, their
comrades from Colorado had worked their way over mountains into the
Confederate rear and swooped down on the supply trains left at
Johnsons Ranch. Scurry, hearing about this, broke off the fight and
left for Santa Fe.
Saturday March 28 1863
WESTERN WATERBORNE WARFAR WAGED
There were no large-scale battles conducted today, if you overlook
the burning of Jacksonville, Fla. by the forces of Commander Duncan
and the U.S.S. Norwich. This was a part of a campaign to reduce the
efforts of the Floridians to continue to supply salt and beef and
other supplies to the rest of the Confederacy. Elsewhere, the river
war continued in the Western Theater at Pattersonville, LA. Southern
land forces battled Union gunboats out in the river. The U.S.S.
Diana was captured in the engagement.
Monday March 28 1864
CHARLESTON CONFEDERATES COMMIT CONFLICT
Possibly the only recorded Civil War battle to take place in
Illinois occurred today in Charleston in the east-central part of
the state. A number of Illinois regiments had been given leave to
return home. When they got there they discovered that not all of
their compatriots were as staunchly Unionist as they were, in fact
they sided heavily with the secessionists. A street fight (or
possibly a bar brawl, accounts differ) broke out which escalated
quickly into a full-scale riot. “A Dreadful Affair Took Place In Our
Town”, the newspaper headline proclaimed the next day. Five persons
were reported killed, and more than 20 wounded. Federal
reinforcements moved in the next day and restored order.
Tuesday March 28 1865
CONCLUSIVE COMBAT CONSULTATION CONTINUES
City Point, Va., was the home of the decisive decisions of the
end-phase of the War today. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Gen. William T.
Sherman, Admiral D.D. Porter were met in consultation with President
Abraham Lincoln aboard the USS River Queen. Lincoln showed little
interest in the military details of what was obviously the
conclusion of the conflict. Instead he spent the conference
detailing how he wanted the South to be treated afterwards. Lincoln
emphasized that there was to be as little loss of life as possible.
He then went into his desire that a policy of leniency would be
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