Sunday Aug. 18 1861
SECRETARY SENDS STONE SHIPS SOUNDWARD
In the early days of the war neither side was oversupplied with any
of the necessities--guns, cannon, uniforms, soldiers, sailors and
ships of war were all hard to come by. There was no shortage of old
wooden ships, though, and they were being pressed into service in
peculiar ways. In Washington Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox got
a letter from Lt. Reigart Lowry that the “stone fleet” was ready to
sail. These old ships, loaded with rock until they were barely able
to float, were to be sunk in Albermarle Sound to block Confederate
shipping until the new gunboats were ready for the blockade.
Monday Aug. 18 1862
POPE PADDLES PROMPTLY POTOMACWARD
Two armies were headed in Gen. John Pope’s direction today. One,
George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, was an ally and anxiously
awaited. McClellan, however, had suffered many delays in getting his
men off the Peninsula and up to Aquia Creek. The other army moving
in Pope’s direction was Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
They had hostile intent and better speed, so Pope backpedaled his
men closer to the Potomac River.
Tuesday Aug. 18 1863
BOOMERS BLAST BATTERIES BADLY
The second day of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter continued today off
the coast of South Carolina. Union guns on Morris Island, Mossie
Island, and various gunboats were taking part in the assault. Sumter
was not the only target today. Other blasts were directed at Fort
(or Battery) Wagner and Battery Gregg. Although large numbers of
holes had been blown in Sumter’s walls, the incredibly sturdy old
installation was nowhere near to being put out of service yet.
Thursday Aug. 18 1864
WARREN WAGES WELDON WARFARE
Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren took his Fifth Corps on another mission
today to the Weldon Railroad line south of Petersburg. This was
another extension of the Union lines to the left, and further left,
and still further left. Today’s project was especially vital as the
railroad was virtually the only large-scale source of supply
Petersburg had left. After reaching the tracks the Fifth Corps did a
right-face and headed north for the city itself. Henry Heth put a
stop to this.
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