June 6 1861 Thursday
FEDERAL FINANCIAL FINAGLING FIXED
The United States had never maintained a large standing army; since
the days of the Revolution this had been an article of faith and
policy. Now it was necessary to muster the biggest force the country
had ever assembled, and some horsetrading was necessary. One such
deal was made today as it was ruled that all expenses of the war
would be assumed by the Federal government. The only exception was
the cost of mobilizing recruits before they were sworn in to serve.
This was to be borne by the individual states.
Friday June 6 1862
MEMPHIS MARITIME MELEE MOSTLY MAYHEM
The Battle of Memphis took place on the Mississippi River today as
citizens of the city lined the bluffs above the river to watch. The
Union fleet, under Commodore Charles Davis, consisted of five
ironclads and four ramships, carrying 68 guns; they were opposed by
a mere eight boats, with 28 guns between them. The battle lasted a
mere two hours and was over by 7:30 a.m. The mayor of the city
tearfully surrendered the town before noon, and the Father of Waters
flowed unvexed to--Vicksburg.
Saturday June 6 1863
BRAVE BLADES BARED AT BRANDY
One of the great cavalry reviews of all time took place today at
Brandy Station, near the Rappahannock in northern Virginia. The 8000
assembled cavalrymen of James Ewell Brown Stuart put on a full
display. It was designed to show their talents to Robert E. Lee, but
he was delayed so the show was staged for local citizens,
dignitaries, and ladies, who had come in on a special railroad train
to see the show.
Monday June 6 1864
SHERMAN STARTS SHANTY SHUFFLE
By this point in the war it must have seemed to both Confederate
Gen. Joseph Johnston and Union Gen. William T. Sherman that they had
spent half of eternity fighting against each other, with occasional
breaks to fight other foes. Today the armies of the two men faced
each other uneasily over the Big Shanty Creek and Raccoon Creek. The
only actual fighting, though, occurred over by Pine Mountain.
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