Friday July 26 1861
FEDERALS FAIL; FORT FILLMORE FALLS
It is often forgotten that Civil War battles occurred far from
Virginia, Georgia and even the Mississippi River. One such action
took place today in the wild and barely explored area near Texas
then known as Indian Territory. Fort Fillmore, as this outpost was
known, was under threat by about 250 Confederate forces under Capt.
John R. Baylor. Despite having twice as many soldiers, and a
fortified position, Major Isaac Lynde of the 7th US Infantry decided
the position was indefensible and pulled out for Ft. Stanton
overnight. There were those in Washington who would feel he should
have put up a bit more resistance.
Saturday July 26 1862
SKIRMISHES SABOTAGE SATURDAY SILENCE
Orange Court House, Virginia was the scene of a minor activity
today. Other small disturbances of the peace took place at Tazewell,
Tenn.; Mill Creek, near Pollocksville, N.C., and Spangler’s Mill
near Jonesbrough, Ala. An “operation”, which was more of an
exploration expedition than an excursion intended to lead to battle,
began today in southeastern Missouri.
Sunday July 26 1863
MORGANS MAURAUDERS MADE MISERABLE
Today was the end of the road for John Hunt Morgan. He had set forth
with 1200 troopers on July 8 on a raid into southern Indiana and
Ohio, hoping to be supported by Confederate sympathizers, and raise
morale in the South after the fall of Vicksburg and loss at
Gettysburg. Support did not materialize, his retreat was blocked by
Union gunboats, and he had had to flee, losing men every day.
Finally trapped near Salineville, Ohio, he and his remaining 364
officers and men surrendered today.
Tuesday July 26 1864
SHERMAN SENDS STONEMAN SOUTH SKIRMISHING
The effort to bring the realities of war home to the civilians of
the South continued in full force today. Gen. William Tecumseh
Sherman sent Gen. George Stoneman on an expedition which would
become known to history as Stoneman’s Raid. His assignment was to
tear up railroad tracks and otherwise wreak whatever havoc on the
transportation system he could. He was pointed in the direction of
Macon and turned loose.
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