Monday Sept. 16 1861
LEXINGTON LABORS LOOKING LOST
Gen. Sterling Price, CSA, was an aggressive commander when he had
the opportunity. He had fought Franz Sigel and Nathaniel Lyon to a
draw at Wilson’s Creek in August, then withdrawn to Arkansas to get
his large but undisciplined army better organized. Today he was back
with a vengeance, in the small Missouri town of Lexington. He had
the Union forces under Col. James Mulligan surrounded and under
siege. Mulligan’s commander, Gen. Fremont, was supposed to be
organizing a relief force to march from St. Louis, but was too busy
having his supposed allies arrested.
Tuesday Sept. 16 1862
HOSPITAL HOUSING HORRORS HASTILY HELD
It was rapidly becoming obvious that a major battle was soon to take
place somewhere near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Lee was calling his
scattered army together, and McClellan was on his way, albeit
slowly, with his. Ahead of both rode Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Medical
Director of the Army of the Potomac. He had the grim task of
pre-selecting buildings which would serve as hospitals afterwards.
His job, although simplified by the fact that most civilians had
long since fled, was complicated by the fact that the ambulances had
been left behind in Norfolk, Va. In addition, most of the medical
supplies had been used up in the Peninsula Campaign over the summer.
Wednesday Sept. 16 1863
CHICKAMAUGA CREEK CONFLICT CONSIDERED CLOSE
Gen. William Rosecrans’ Federal army had taken Chattanooga four days
ago, but Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army was nowhere close to
defeated. The Southern forces were strung out on a roughly
north-south line on the east side of a ridge called Lookout
Mountain. Rosecrans’ army was scattered and vulnerable, especially
the men with Gen. George Henry Thomas to the south near LeMoyne
Cove. Thomas could have easily been isolated and defeated, but the
orders to do so never got delivered to Gen. Thomas C. Hindman. The
man carrying the orders, a French soldier-of-fortune known as Maj.
Nocquot, was not available to testify at the court-martial of
Hindman, as he had disappeared. Some $150,000 in Army funds went
missing around the same time, but in all the confusion no connection
was ever proved.
Friday Sept. 16 1864
CONFEDERATE COWBOYS CONFIRM CATTLE CAPTURE
In the days before mechanical refrigeration, keeping ones' troops in
food required some interesting logistics.
Hardack could be shipped and stored, but if the troops were to have
beef one had to store it on the hoof. Confederate cavalry under Wade
Hampton took advantage of superior Union stocks by staging a raid at
Coggins' Point, VA, where they captured 300 Federals and, more
importantly, what they were guarding--a herd of some 2400 cattle.
Getting them back to Petersburg would take several days and several
skirmishes, but the food was desperately needed by the besieged
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