The Dakota Rampage Along the Minnesota; Pope Gets Away

August 18, 1862 (Monday) Chief Little Crow, leader of the Dakota Sioux in Minnesota knew that the whites would avenge the four murders committed by members of his tribe the previous day. At a late-night council, he and others decided that since a reckoning was coming, they would make a preemptive strike, even though heRead More

The Sioux Uprisings Begin; Stuart Prepares to Raid

Map of the Sioux Uprisings

August 17, 1862 (Sunday) Across the previous two decades, the United States government had swindled the Dakota Indians, members of the Sioux nation, in Minnesota out of treaty and land. By the start of the Civil War, they had a piddling strip of mediocre farm land on the south side of the Minnesota River. TheRead More

The Confederate High Water Mark in the Southwest

March 25, 1862 (Tuesday) The Confederate “High Water Mark” is often seen as the invasion of the north during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. In the West (that is, the far west), however, the “High Water Mark” was the last week in March 1862. Sixty Rebels under Captain Sherod Hunter had captured Tucson, Arizona, already pro-secessionist,Read More

A Dear Cost for the Day’s Victory at Pea Ridge; Rebels at Manassas Fall Back

March 7, 1862 (Friday) All through the cold and snowy night, Confederate campfires, orange and flickering, dotted the hillside across from Little Sugar Creek, near Pea Ridge, Arkansas. Though they burned to their front, the Rebel Army of the West was actually moving around the right flank to the rear of the Union Army ofRead More

They Will Be Cheerfully Liberated: Mason & Slidell To Be Freed!

December 26, 1861 (Thursday) The celebrations of Christmas had not stood in the way of Lincoln’s Cabinet meetings and the discussion of what to do with James Mason and John Slidell, Confederate envoys to England and France, taken prisoner aboard the British vessel Trent. The incident had sparked much controversy and threatened to plunge theRead More

Clash at Chusto-Talasah; Hundreds of Rebel Indians Defect

December 9, 1861 (Monday) When we last left the Unionist Creeks in Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma), they had just slipped through the warring fists of Col. Douglas Cooper and his band of Texans and pro-Confederate Indians. They last fought near Round Mountain on November 19th. In the weeks that had passed, the Native Unionists, ledRead More

Stonewall Jackson’s Winter Plan; Kentucky Secedes (Sort Of)

November 20, 1861 (Wednesday) Just south of Winchester, Virginia, Stonewall Jackson, now reunited with the brigade that bore his name, was planning a winter campaign. Union reports of the time asserted that Jackson had as many as 26,000 men. Jackson, on the other hand, supposed Union forces poised to invade the valley were around 40,000.Read More