Thursday Aug. 22 1861
BORDERLAND BOAT BERTHINGS BOTHERED
There was little action of great military significance today, but
that did not mean that events were not rolling along in other ways.
For instance, there were two ships tied up at the docks of Paducah,
Kentucky, this morning, under ownership of men believed to be
supporters of the Union, or at least opponents of secession. By
afternoon not much had changed except that the vessels, the W. B.
Terry and the Samuel Orr, had undergone a change of ownership. They
now belonged to pro-Confederate powers. The line between political
differences and grand larceny were not always as clearly drawn as
they might have been.
Friday Aug. 22 1862
PRESIDENT PREACHES TO PROLIFIC PRESSMAN
Three days ago Horace Greely, writing in his New York Tribune, had
published his classic “Prayer of Twenty Million”, imploring Abraham
Lincoln to make the abolition of slavery the main aim of the current
war. Today Lincoln responded with a statement so clear even a
newspaperman should have understood it: “I would save the Union. I
would save it the shortest way under the Constitution.. ...If I
could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if
I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I
could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also
Saturday Aug. 22 1863
POOR POSTAL PERSONNEL POUTING
As if Jefferson Davis did not have enough problems to contend with.
He was supposed to be finding reinforcements to shore up Gen.
Braxton Bragg’s shaky hold on Chattanooga and eastern Tennessee;
coping with the loss of Vicksburg and thereby the entire
trans-Mississippi portion of the Confederacy; scrounging up food,
horseshoes and other vital supplies for Robert E. Lee’s army in
northern Virginia. To top it off he was now having difficulty even
finding out what was going on. The postal clerks of the city of
Richmond had all quit. The entire workforce walked out in a wage
dispute with the government. Letters from Aunt Gertrude and reports
from the field were all sitting in bags, undelivered.
Monday Aug. 22 1864
PETERSBURG PRISONERS PRIVATIONS PROLONGED
Despite several days of ferocious attacks, Federal forces still held
the vital Weldon Railway link south of Petersburg. The Fifth Corps
of the Federal forces had lost about 4500 casualties, but large
numbers of those were prisoners, not fatalities. The Army of
Northern Virginia on the other hand had lost only 1600--but that was
from a force of barely 14,000. Gen. Lee had again proposed a
prisoner exchange and Gen. Grant had one again refused. Grant could
afford to lose the men, and afford to feed the prisoners he took. He
knew that Lee’s situation was precisely the opposite. It would,
however, be rough on the Union captives.
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