Saturday, March 29 1862
MECHANIZED MUNITION MAKES MELEE MESS
Middleburg, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, was the scene of a
conflict between Union and Confederate cavalry and infantry. In a
somewhat unusual outcome, it was a complete Union victory. The
reason for this was the employment of a new and horrible weapon of
war: the coffee grinder. This was the nickname of a new device,
given because of the large handle which had to be turned to fire it.
Much work was needed before it became reliable enough to use on a
regular basis, by which time it was known as the machine gun.
Sunday, March 29 1863
FLORIDA FEDERAL FORCES FIRE, FLEECE, FLEE
The Union occupation of Jacksonville, Florida, was not a happy one
for the residents of the town. Coming ashore from the USS Norwich,
the soldiers under the orders of Commander Duncan, ransacked and
looted. The rationale, of course, was not only to gather supplies
for the Federals’ own use, but to deny the use of anything else to
the enemy. Fires were set, and in the end the Unionists evacuated
back to their ship leaving the town in ruins.
Tuesday March 29 1864
SHREVEPORT SUFFERS SLOGGING, SAILING
Admiral David D. Porter had the assignment
of getting the naval forces in location for an advance on
Shreveport, La. The difficulty was that there was a set of rapids at
Alexandria, La., that were difficult to get over in the best of
times. These were not such times, as the water level was low due to
a prolonged drought. Porter got the Army transports past, but not
the Navy gunboats. A hospital ship was so torn up that it sank.
Wednesday March 29 1865
AGGRESSIVE ACTION ACCURATELY ACTIVATED
A force of more than 125,000 men, combining the Army of the Potomac
and the Army of the James, were moving with Grant against Petersboro
and Richmond. Lee had over 30 miles of front to guard, and not
enough troops for the job. The plan had originally been to pull out
and unite with Johnston in North Carolina. Now Grant’s men were
moving against the retreat route. Lee sent Fitzhugh Lee and George
Pickett in an attempt to counter.
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