Saturday Aug. 3 1861
CONGRESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS CONSIDERED
It was a slow time on the battlefield, but more was happening in the
halls of the US Congress. Actions recently passed and awaiting
action included approval and funding for “one or more” armored ships
and floating batteries. There was also a proposal to reorganize the
Army. Finally, orders were issued to the Navy to blockade Southern
ports by the interesting technique of taking old, otherwise useless
ships and filling them with rocks. They were then to be taken to the
offending ports and sunk to block traffic in and out.
Sunday Aug. 3, 1862
MCCLELLAN MAKES MILITARY MOVE
Gen. George McClellan was on the move today, but it was not entirely
voluntary. He had been ordered by Gen. Henry Wager Halleck who sent
formal orders requiring McClellan to move the Army of the Potomac
off the Peninsula, where he had been for some time, to the area
around Aquia Landing, Va.. The dual purpose of this was to give
additional protection for Washington DC. and back up Gen. John
Pope’s Army of Virginia, which was under attack. McClellan was
severely opposed to this move, but had no choice in the matter.
Monday Aug. 3 1863
RAPPAHANNOCK RUMBLING RAPIDLY REDUCING
As the casualties from the Second Battle of Brandy Station had their
wounds and injuries tended to, a general calm settled over the
Rappahannock valley. Lee was hard at work getting resupply for his
Army of Northern Virginia, including the army itself. The problem of
straggling was becoming a serious matter, as troops would take
informal leave to tend to family emergencies, then not come back.
Jefferson Davis had recently issued one of his offers of amnesty to
any who returned within 20 days.
Wednesday Aug. 3 1864
LINCOLN LAMENTS LACADAISICAL LEADERS
Since the beginning of the War Between the States, the great work,
and the great frustration, of Abraham Lincoln had been to find
generals not only to win battles, but willing to fight them at all.
He had found one in Ulysses S. Grant, but Grant could not be
everywhere at once. Lincoln wrote him today that his plan to follow
the enemy “to the death” would not “be done nor attempted unless you
watch it every day, and hour, and force it.” Lincoln did not know
that Grant entirely agreed, and already had one answer, named Phil
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