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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