Tuesday May 28 1861
COMMONS COMMENCES CONTENTIOUS QUESTIONS
The question of the survival of the Confederate States of America
could not be answered strictly within the confines of the boundaries
of North America. One thing that could weigh heavily in the balance
would be recognition of the new government by one of the real
political heavyweights of the world powers: France, Spain, England,
Germany....somebody in Europe. Interestingly enough, the House of
Commons today took up the debate on recognition in London.
Wednesday May 28 1862
RUM RATION RULED RUINOUS
Since long before the Revolutionary War, it had been the tradition
in British naval service to issue sailors a ration of a pint of rum
per day at sea. This tradition had carried over to American sailors.
Not willing to leave a good thing alone, Asst. Navy Sec. Fox wrote
today to a senator, “I beg you for the enduring good of the service,
to abolish the spirit ration and forbid any distilled liquors being
placed on board any vessel belonging to the U States, excepting of
course the Medical Department. All insubordination, all misery,
every deviltry on board ships can be traced to rum.” Tragically, the
forces of enforced temperance would eventually prevail.
Thursday May 28 1863
MASSACHUSETTS MEN MAKE MILITARY MARVEL
At first it was unthinkable. Later it was just too risky
politically. Finally it seemed inevitable, and so it was done: Black
men were allowed to enlist as soldiers in the United States Army.
Today the first unit allowed to be recruited was dispatched from its
training facility near Boston. They were sent to Hilton Head, S.C,
not far from a certain Confederate stronghold known as Fort Wagner.
Saturday May 28 1864
CAVALRY CONTINUES CONSTANT COMBAT
The maneuvering between Lee and Grant continued. Grant’s objective
was to get around the Confederate right flank, and he was headed
across the Pamunkey River for the vicinity of Hanoverville. Lee,
needing to keep between Grant and Richmond, repositioned towards
Cold Harbor. Cavalry battles occurred today at Aenon Church, Jones’
Farm Crump's Creek, Haw’s Shop, and the Totopotomoy River. No one
knows if Haw ever got his shop back in business again.
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