Tuesday, April 1 1862
POTOMAC PURSUES PENINSULAR PROGRESS
Gen. George McClellan was moving both his army and himself today,
and moving is never an enjoyable process. The Army of the Potomac
had to be transferred from its home base near Alexandria, just
outside Washington, to Ft. Monroe, Va. This involved going down the
Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. The general himself also had to
move his headquarters, his staff and all their paperwork to a new
site near Yorktown. The people of Richmond were donating the bells
of their churches to be melted into cannon.
Wednesday, April 1 1863
COMMODORE CONQUERS CAVALRY CHARGE
This was the second day of a voyage of Lt. Cmdr. Gillis’ and USS
Commodore Morris up the Ware River in
Virginia. They had had a report that there was a large store of
grain stashed at a particular plantation, and sure enough they found
22,000 bushels. This morning they were preparing to load it onto
their ship when a party of Confederate
cavalry swept down. The sailors formed up in ranks, the ship’s guns
fired, and the Navy beat the Cavalry decisively. More grain was
hastily loaded, and the remainder was burned.
Friday, April 1 1864
WANING WINTER WREAKS WAR WEARINESS
Gen. Grant was settling into his new command at the headquarters of
the Army of the Potomac, which he had moved to as quickly as
possible to get the heck out of Washington. There had been no large
scale fighting since last fall, but both sides knew that the carnage
of “63 was nowhere near to being over.
Saturday, April 1 1865
FIVE FORKS FAILURE FAULTED
Gen. Gouvernor Warren had been the hero of Gettysburg for saving
Little Round Top. Today he came close to losing the climactic battle
of Five Forks by failing to coordinate his attacks with Sheridan’s
cavalry. He was relieved of command of the Fifth Corps on the spot
by Gen. Grant. The attack was nevertheless sufficient to cut Gen.
Pickett’s command off from the rest of the Confederate line,
resulting in the capture of nearly half the Southern army, and the
near-capture of the vital South Side Railroad.
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