Monday July 8 1861
BUFFALO BALDERDASH BRINGS BAD BOYS
The story had been making its way around the towns, ranches, cattle
drives and other gatherings of the Southwest for months now: if a
man was known to be a Southern sympathizer, he was invited to a
“buffalo hunt” to be held in West Texas. Today Brig. Gen. Henry
Hopkins Smith, Confederate States Army, set forth for west Texas to
take charge of this gathering. There was, for once, no threat to the
buffalo. The plan was for Smith to take this irregular force and
drive the Union out of New Mexico.
Tuesday July 8 1862
COMMANDER COORDINATES CONVOY CAVALCADE
With very nearly the entire Army of the Potomac camped out for now
on the banks of the James River, following the losses of the Seven
Days campaign, some more organized system of logistics was
desperately needed. Commander John Rogers was assigned to work on
this, and came up with a plan to use gunboats to escort a convoy of
ships between Harrison’s Bar to the mouth of the Chicahominy. The
plan was to leave at 9 each morning, since that was when mail was
delivered to Old Point, near Harrison’s Bar, or Landing.
Wednesday July 8 1863
BANKS’ BREAKTHROUGH BEATS BATTLE
Vicksburg had surrendered four days ago, leaving Port Hudson, a few
miles downriver, as the last Confederate bastion standing. This also
left its commander, Gen. Franklin Gardner, in a completely untenable
situation. He had had enough trouble getting supplies since US Gen.
Nathaniel Banks had had the installation under siege for six weeks.
Today, after receiving definite news of Vicksburg’s surrender,
Gardner sent a message to Banks asking the terms of surrender. He
finally surrendered his fort and his 7000 men unconditionally.
Friday July 8 1864
SCHOFIELD STAGES SUCCESSFUL SOAP SNEAK
It had been moving almost like a dance, on paper at least, as
Sherman’s Union men moved to flank Johnston’s Confederates, who
would then pull back to a safer position. They called it the
“Georgia sidestep”, and another step was taken today as Gen.
Schofield, with Sherman’s left flank, crossed the Chattahoochee
River just where it is joined by Soap Creek. Johnston didn’t oppose
them because he didn’t know they were there, until he realized that
his right flank had been turned yet again. The pullback this time
reached Peachtree Creek.
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