Friday July 5 1861
CARTHAGE CONFLICT CAUSES CONFUSION
Claiborne Jackson was the legally elected governor of Missouri, but
today he was nowhere near the state capital of Jefferson City. He,
along with some 4000 fellow Confederate supporters, was down near
Carthage, Mo,on the run from Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. They today
discovered that besides Lyon behind them, they had Brig. Gen. Franz
Sigel in front of them. Jackson got Sigel to attack, then rolled up
his flanks in a very good use of cavalry. Sigel retired to await
Lyon, whIle Jackson moved to join Sterling Price.
Saturday July 5 1862
NOTABLE NAVAL NEGOTIATIONS NEARING
The outbreak of war had seen the US Navy in dilapidated condition,
as many ships, shipyards and commanders wound up in Confederate
hands. Progress was made over the last year, but more was on the
way. A bill, sponsored by Senator Grimes of Iowa, was about to
authorize new Bureaus of the Navy. They included separate bureaus
for Steam Engineering, Construction and Repairs, Navigation, and
Sunday July 5 1863
LEE LEAVES; MEADE MEDITATES
Fulfilling their general’s wish that they “retire in good order”,
the proud Army of Northern Virginia began to retire to the safety of
Virginia as quickly as the miles of ambulance wagons would permit.
They anticipated attack at any moment. It did not come. In one of
the most controversial actions of the War, Gen. Meade stayed on
Cemetery Ridge rather than launch his battered army in pursuit. Had
he known that the Potomac River was rising rapidly from the ongoing
rains, perhaps he would have chosen differently.
Tuesday July 5 1864
EARLY ENERGIZES EXCEPTIONAL ENFORCEMENT
In ‘62 it had been Antietam. In ‘63 the attack was in Gettysburg. So
when summertime came around it caused nervousness in the North.
Jubal Early hoped that Lincoln would order the recall of the troops
surrounding Petersburg if he could threaten Washington. Deciding
against an assault on Harper’s Ferry, he fought smaller battles in
Point of Rocks, Keedysville, Nolan’s Ferry and elsewhere. Rather
than bother Gen. Grant, Lincoln called for militia reinforcements
from New York and Pennsylvania to meet the threat.
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