Tuesday Aug 6 1861
LINCOLN LIKES LEGISLATIVE LANDMARKS
It was a busy day of bill-signing in Washington D.C. today. Sent by
Congress to the president’s desk were bills to increase the pay for
privates in the army, and to grant freedom to any slaves who were
used by the Confederacy in arms or labor against the United States.
A more complicated provision gave retroactive approval to any action
the President had taken concerning the Army or Navy since March 4. A
final act, which Lincoln signed only with reluctance, authorized
confiscation of property used for purposes of insurrection.
Wednesday Aug. 6 1862
BAD BOILER BOLT BLAMED
The CSS Arkansas was the biggest gunboat the Confederacy ever set
sail on the Mississippi River. She and her crew had fought
valiantly, and tried to do so again today in support of
Breckinridge’s attempt to retake Baton Rouge from the Yankees. Set
upon by four Union gunboats, her commander Henry Stevens tried to
fight but could not even maneuver, as the abused engines failed. The
order went out to abandon ship, and Stevens had her blown up to
prevent capture. Never again would the Confederacy field large
gunboats on the river. Alabama's mission lasted only 23 days but
became a legend.
Thursday Aug. 6 1863
MOSEBY MAKES MANY MENACING MEN MAD
John S. Mosby was nearly the definition of a colorful Cavalry
cavalier. A stint at the University of Virginia turned into a prison
term after he shot a fellow student. Logically becoming interested
in law he took it as a profession (after his release, of course).
Joining a cavalry unit near his home in Bristol, Va, he became a
terror. Today he grabbed an entire Union wagon train and escaped
with wagons and contents, leaving the Yankees red-faced in fury
Saturday Aug. 6 1864
SHERMAN SACKS SOUTHERN SUPPLIES
Utoy Creek is an small and obscure waterway southwest of Atlanta,
Ga. It had, nevertheless, been the scene of fighting for the last
three days. Sherman’s forces were endeavoring to cut the railroad
lines leading south out of the city, which were the last lines of
support to the beleaguered town. He finally outflanked the
Confederates today, and they were forced to fall back .
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