Sunday June 2 1861
ALEXANDRIA AGGRESSOR ASSIGNMENT ANNOUNCED
It was, in these early days of the War, known as the Alexandria
Line. This was the name for the gathering of regiments who were
“holding the line” against Northern aggression in the far north of
the Confederacy. Today one Gen. Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard was
given command of this organization, succeeding Milledge L. Bonham.
Their immediate concern was Col. R.F. Kelley, USA, who was moving
troops in driving rain in western Virginia. Beauregard’s command
would eventually become known as the Army of Northern Virginia.
Monday June 2 1862
SLIPPERY STONEWALL SLITHERS SOUTHWARD
Gen. T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson and his swift-moving “foot cavalry”
were clearly doomed. Chasing the defeated forces of Nathaniel Banks
almost to the city limits of Harpers Ferry, they were being
surrounded by a pincer movement of two Union forces. Jackson’s
assignment, though, was to keep Yankees out of the Shenandoah
Valley, and having done that, he and his men slid-fairly quietly
except for skirmishing around Strasburg and Woodstock, Va.--back
Tuesday June 2 1863
VALLANDIGHAM VEXATION VARIES VICINITY
Charles Vallandigham, formerly a member of the House of
Representatives and a Democrat from Ohio, had been arrested for
treason when his anti-war agitation had become too annoying for
Union authorities in the Midwest to cope with. He would have been
sent to prison, but Lincoln intervened to send him into exile in the
South. There was just one problem--today President Davis ordered him
sent to Wilmington, N.C., and confined as an “enemy alien”.
Thursday June 2 1864
COLD COMFORT: COMBAT CONTINUES
Grant had been chasing Lee for a week, and last night had caught
him. The question for today, therefore, was what to do about it.
Grant ordered an attack, but after days of marching troops were
weary, ammunition and shooters were not necessarily in the same
place, and things were generally disorganized. Getting this
straightened out took most of the day, so the actual battle of Cold
Harbor did not begin until almost 5 p.m. Even that went so poorly
that the official start was postponed to tomorrow.
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