Friday May 3 1861
COMMANDER CONDUCTS COMBAT CALL
President Abraham Lincoln today issued a second call for volunteers
to augment the miniscule Union standing army. The first call had
been for 75,000 volunteer troops; this one asked for 42,000 more
volunteers to sign up for three years plus an expansion of the
“regular” army from 16,000 to 24,000. There was also a call for
18,000 to join the Navy for at least one year. All of this was done
without authorization from Congress, under Lincoln’s role as
Commander in Chief.
Saturday May 3 1862
YORKTOWN YIELDED TO YANKEE YOKE
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, had been battling for more than a
month to fend off the Army of the Potomac under George McClellan.
The Federals had brought in siege guns, and were adding more forces
across the Rappahannock, and Johnston finally decided to evacuate
Yorktown to further up the Peninsula. McClellan, despite
outnumbering the Confederates 2-1, had never launched an actual
attack because he feared he was the one outnumbered.
Sunday May 3 1863
HAZEL HOUSE HIT HURTS HOOKER’S HEAD
As the battle of Chancellorsville continued today the Confederate
army of Stonewall Jackson (under command of Jeb Stuart since
Jackson’s wounding yesterday) set up an artillery post on a small
hill called Hazel Grove. From this they managed to hit the
Chancellor house, which Gen. Joseph Hooker was using as his
headquarters. A falling brick hit Hooker in the head, incapacitating
him and causing further chaos in the Union lines, which were none
too organized today to begin with.
Tuesday May 3 1864
RAPIDAN RISING, RICHMOND RAID READIED
It was revile time for the Army of the Potomac. Commanding Gen. U.S.
Grant issued orders to Gen. George Meade to activate the army out of
winter quarters and get ready to march for Richmond one more time.
Union forces on the Peninsula were marching in heavy dust, resulting
in one man writing in his diary that when they reached camp at a
river, “A guard was placed along the bank of the river to prevent
our washing, for fear of creating a sand bar.”
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