Saturday Dec. 28, 1861
INCLEMENCY INDUCES INCREASING IDLENESS
As most armies on both sides settled into winter quarters, only a
few skirmishes took place today. Mount Zion Church, Missouri;
Sacramento, Ky; and Grider’s Ferry, on the Cumberland River in
Kentucky, were a few of the places where the peace was disturbed.
Most soldiers were happy enough to stay in such shelters from winter
weather as they had managed to contrive, or else to have time to
work on improvements to same.
Sunday Dec. 28 1862
FRONTIER FEDERALS FIGHT FIERCELY
The town of Dripping Springs, Ark., which we can give thanks was
never developed into a popular honeymoon resort, was the scene of
battle today for the Federal Army of the Frontier. Commanded by
James Blunt, the Federals drove the Confederates back as far as the
next hamlet of Van Buren, capturing in the process some forty wagons
and other equipment.
Monday Dec. 28, 1863
TALES TOLD OF TERRIBLE TAXATION
On this date the Congress of the Confederacy faced up to the fact
that the struggling new nation was basically broke, and also
increasingly short of manpower. To correct the former, there was
passed what was called the “tax in kind”, taking from every state
one-tenth of all agricultural produce. To correct the manpower
shortage, the system whereby a man could purchase a substitute to
take his place in the army was abolished. This accomplished little
as virtually every white man who could serve was either already
doing so, engaged in vital industry or agriculture, or exercising
passive resistance to the draft by taking to the hills if a
recruiter entered the area.
Wednesday Dec. 28 1864
WILMINGTON WARFARE WOEFULLY WASTED
President Lincoln, who had been disappointed so often by other
generals, wrote to Gen. Grant asking rather gently “what you now
understand of the Wilmington expedition, present & prospective.”
Grant replied, forthrightly, "The Wilmington
expedition has proven a gross and culpable failure.” He added "Who
is to blame will hopefully be known," possibly while gazing in the
direction of Gen. Benjamin Butler, whose project it had been.
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