This Day in the Civil War

Wednesday July 24 1861
WILY WISE WEIGHS WARFARE WOES

Brig. Gen. Henry Wise was at Tyler Mountain near Charleston (the one in western Virginia, not that other one.) He and his Confederate forces would have no problems, if it weren’t for Jacob D. Cox. Cox had led his Federal troops on a miserably difficult march and were now attacking Wise’s rear. Wise, wisely, decided on the better part of valor and pulled out, heading for Gauley Bridge during the night.



Thursday July 24, 1862
FALLING FLOW FORCES FARRAGUT FLEET FLIGHT

Admiral Farragut had taken his fleet upriver almost as far as Vicksburg, and they had done a remarkable job of cutting off the flow of Confederate supplies across the Mississippi. Only right under the guns of the city was Confederate passage possible. However, another reduced flow was causing trouble: the river level was so low that Farragut’s ships, many originally built for salt-water service, could not navigate. He pulled these ships back to Baton Rouge and left gunboats on patrol.



Friday July 24 1863
MOTIVATED MORGAN MANAGES MINOR MANEUVER

John Hunt Morgan’s career as a cross-border raider into the lower reaches of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio was in severe danger of cancellation today. He had lost half his men when Union gunboats prevented their escape across the Ohio River a few days ago; since then he and his dwindling band had skirmished almost daily with pursuing Federals as they fled in the general direction of Pennsylvania. He lost a few more men today, along with irreplaceable horses, supplies and ammunition.



Sunday July 24 1864
KERNSTOWN CONFLICT CAUSES CROOK’S COLLAPSE

Despite all the fighting that had taken place in the vicinity over the last four years, today’s disputation is known only as the Second Battle of Kernstown. Jubal Early, in a virtual recreation of Stonewall Jackson’s actions in Kernstown I, hit George Crook’s defending Federals in the center, after the left had been rolled by Breckinridge and the right hurt by Ramseur. The day ended with the familiar sight of Federals in flight for Winchester.

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