Thursday, April 3 1862
JOHNSTON JOURNEY JUMBLED, JANGLED
Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston was supposed to be leading an army
towards the Tennessee River hamlet of Pittsburg Landing. Their
mission: destroy the Union army under the suddenly dangerous Gen. U.
S. Grant. Unfortunately, as was often the case in attempts to move
large numbers of men, supplies, weapons, ammunition, horses and
suchlike items, delays of one sort or another delayed the entire
army. Johnston feared that he was losing the element of surprise.
Skirmishes occurred near a building called Shiloh Church.
Friday, April 3 1863
GOVERNOR GETS GENTLE GRUMBLE
One of President Jefferson Davis’ most persistent problems was
getting the governors of the “sovereign states” of the Confederacy
to cooperate with him--or even each other--even in the face of a
common enemy. Today he had to write a letter to Gov. Harris Flanagin
of Arkansas who was complaining that too much assistance was going
to the other side of the Mississippi River. “If we lose control of
the Eastern side, the Western must almost inevitably fall into the
power of the enemy,” Davis wrote.
Sunday, April 3 1864
BOATS BRING BELLIGERENT BRIGADIER
The gunboats of Admiral David D. Porter were hard at work today.
Starting at Alexandria, La., they were engaged as troop transports
for the army of Brig. Gen. Andrew Jackson Smith. One division, under
Brig. Gen. T. Kirby Smith, was left
behind; the rest were boated up to Grand Encore, La., to prepare for
the attack on Shreveport. Once disembarked they still had to march
overland to Nachitoches to join up with the forces of Gen. Banks.
Monday, April 3 1865
RICHMOND RAPIDLY REDUCED TO RUINS
With the fall of Petersburg, Richmond could not hold. The government
evacuated, slouching towards Danville, Va., and endeavored to
destroy anything that could not be hauled. The assignment to remove
the archives and treasury were given to the midshipmen of the
Confederate Naval Academy, except for 10 who remained behind to burn
the CSS Patrick Henry, their training vessel. There was an attempt
to dump the contents of the armory into the James River, but it was
taking too long and it, with 25,000 rounds of artillery ammunition,
was blown up.
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