Saturday, April 13 1861
SUMTER SURRENDER SECURES SECESSION
A squadron of Federal ships lay just offshore of Charleston Harbor,
loaded with supplies for Fort Sumter. That installation had been
under bombardment for thirty-six hours when Maj. Robert Anderson,
who had been prepared to evacuate anyway, decided to surrender.
First, though, he fired a 50-gun salute to his descending flag. A
spark from one of the guns fell into a powder barrel, causing an
explosion which killed Pvt. Daniel Hough, the first casualty of the
Sunday, April 13 1862
WESTERN WITHDRAWAL WIDENS
Although little studied in later years, there had been a very strong
and very serious attempt to set up a Confederate state in what is
now New Mexico. This had reached its “high-water mark” at the Battle
of Glorieta Pass last month--which the South had lost. Today the
pursuit continued as Federal cavalry chased the remains of the
Confederate forces into the area of El Paso.
Monday, April 13 1863
BURNSIDE BADGERS BAD BOYS
Gen. Ambrose Burnside had been commander of the Army of the Potomac.
After getting huge numbers of his men killed in futile charges at
Fredericksburg, it had been necessary to find some stairs to kick
him up. The result had been his “promotion” to command the
Department of the Ohio, a non-combat job. Today he announced the
death penalty for anyone aiding the Confederacy, and the deportation
of anyone sympathizing with same.
Wednesday, April 13 1864
NAVAL NASTINESS NEARS NANSEMOND
A joint Army-Navy expedition, of the sort which had worked well in
the West, proceeded today up the Nansemond River in Virginia. The
object of this voyage was to capture the Confederate torpedo boat
Squib, which had made a nuisance of itself by attacking USS
Minnesota a few days earlier. Up the Nansemond were found only a few
Confederate soldiers who were made prisoner. Interrogation of these
men found that the Squib had slithered off to the James River and
was heading for Richmond.
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