Lincoln Calls Upon the Nation to Beg God’s Forgiveness

March 30, 1863 (Monday) Thus far in the war, President Abraham Lincoln had called for the nation to set aside two different days for fasting and prayer. The first, immediately after the humbling battles of First Bull Run and Wilson’s Creek, was done so at the request of Congress. Lincoln wanted the nation to “recognizeRead More

Deep South Governors Call Upon Richmond; Mac & Halleck to their Wives; Confederate Canadians?

Feeling forgotten, four southern governors call out Davis. Meanwhile, both Generals McClellan and Halleck confide in their wives. In Canada, a pro-Union newspaper is attacked by pro-Confederate New Brunswickers. [July 28. 1862]

The Great Locomotive Chase!

April 12, 1862 (Saturday) The General, a steam locomotive pulling two passengers cars, a mail car and three boxcars, left Atlanta, Georgia at 4am, chuffing north on its way to Chattanooga. By the schedule, she would reach the Tennessee city in a little less than twelve hours. In most respects, it was a typical dayRead More

Stonewall Jackson Rounds Up Pacisfists and Unionists

April 2, 1862 (Wednesday) General Stonewall Jackson was rebuilding his army near Rude’s Hill, just north of New Market, in the Shenandoah Valley. Through this rebuilding, he received an influx of new conscripts, drafted into the Virginia militia and filtered into his Confederate army. Many of these boys had no desire to fight and soRead More

Abolitionist Attacked in pro-Union Cincinnati

March 24, 1862 (Monday) More than most other Northern cities, Cincinnati, Ohio had quite a bit to lose when it came to severing ties with its Southern contacts. Though Cincinnati sat just up the Ohio River from Louisville, a city that was technically still loyal to the Union, trading with any state in rebellion wasRead More

Stonewall Jackson and the Mennonites Who Could Not Be Made to Aim

March 21, 1862 (Friday) It must have been surprising, at least curious, that an entire Federal division, poised to move up the Shenandoah Valley, faced with a mere 700 cavalry, did not pursue the much smaller Rebel force under Stonewall Jackson. After their minor scrap with Turner Ashby’s troopers near Strasburg, Union General Shields’ DivisionRead More

The Departing, Burning and Rescue of Fayetteville, Arkansas

February 23, 1862 (Sunday) The Union Army of the Southwest was doing its job very well. After being hastily assembled in Rolla, Missouri, its commander, General Samuel Curtis, a West Point graduate with surprisingly little military experience, had General Sterling Price’s Rebel army on the run. On the 12th, Price abandoned Springfield and Curtis followedRead More