Saturday June 8 1861
CAMERON CREATES CRITICAL COMMISSION
In one of the most farsighted acts of the time, Union Secretary of
War Simon Cameron acted today to authorize the creation of the
United States Sanitary Commission. The country had no Department of
Public Health; even the War Department had no medical department
beyond the surgeons who treated battle wounds. The vastly larger
problem of disease, sanitation, nutrition and care of the sick fell
largely to the Sanitary Commission, which maintained hospitals,
gathered donated supplies, raised money and hired nurses.
Sunday June 8 1862
STONEWALL SHENANDOAH STRIKE SPECTACULAR
Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, operating in the Shenandoah Valley of
Virginia, was clearly doomed. Not one but two Federal forces were
approaching to catch him in a pincer movement. Battle took place at
Cross Keys when Fremont’s force attacked first. While this was going
on Jackson was nearly captured by the other Federal unit approaching
from the north. Ewell held off Fremont, Jackson escaped, and Fremont
was ordered to pull back.
Monday June 8 1863
IMMINENT INVASION INCLUDES INSPECTION
Yet another cavalry review was held today near Brandy Station, Va.
now that Robert E. Lee had arrived to view it. Not just Lee,
either--nearly the entire Army of Northern Virginia was encamped
near Culpepper Court House, almost on the northern border of
Virginia, and the Confederacy. Gen. Longstreet and Gen. Hood had
their divisions view the cavalry display, the second in three days
that Jeb Stuart had ordered. Although spectacular, it was tiring to
man and beast.
Wednesday June 8 1864
MORGAN MEN MISAPPROPRIATE MONEY
Gen. John Hunt Morgan paid a visit to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky today.
The official purpose of the visit was to capture the Union garrison
in the town, and this was indeed accomplished with Morgan’s usual
dispatch. Military matters having been attended to, some of the men
in the band took advantage of time on their hands by robbing the
city bank. The exact disposition of the funds has never been
accounted for, as it was never established that the robbery was done
at Morgan’s orders. Pvt. James Pleasant Gold managed to get himself
taken prisoner by those Union forces that evaded capture. This group
headed at high speed for Lexington.
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