Category Archives: After Fort Sumter

FernadinaLeaks

In early March a Union naval expedition under Samuel F. Du Pont captured and occupied the area around Fernadina, Florida. During the occupation a correspondent found an early 1861 letter from then U.S. Senator David Yulee to a friend back … Continue reading

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Volunteer Dragoons from Pennsylvania

Bring Your Own Horse From The New-York Times July 6, 1861: … WASHINGTON, Friday, July 5. … MORE TROOPS COME. … A regiment of Dragoons from Pennsylvania, under command of Col. M. FRIEDMAN, who will provide their own horses and … Continue reading

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“without even one decenting Colony”

235 years ago today Delaware’s Caesar Rodney wrote to his younger bother, Thomas: Philadelphia, July the 4th, 1776 Sir: I arrived in Congress (tho detained by thunder and rain) time enough to give my voice in the matter of Independence. … Continue reading

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Three Months About Half Up

Wiling Away the Time at Kalorama The regiment began to watch about this time the rapid wearing away of the three months, for which it had taken the oath of service, with no little anxiety. The men unanimously regarded the … Continue reading

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From Just South of the Border

The Canadian Border, That Is From The New-York Times June 30, 1861: … WASHINGTON, Saturday, June 29. … EFFECTS OF PAYING THE TROOPS. C. ULLMAN, of the New-York Eighth, was placed in jail here yesterday, having been sentenced by court-martial … Continue reading

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On the Prowl

From The New-York Times June 30, 1861: WASHINGTON, Saturday, June 29. … THE REBEL FORCES. Gen. BEAUREGARD’ S forces have been heard from again at Cloud’s Mills, at Springfield, and this side of Fairfax. His advance guard prowl about in … Continue reading

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Cat Stevens Could Relate

A hot day in June. What a great time to get out of your tent and walk to the shade and relative coolness of a peaceful woods in the District of Columbia (?) and write a long letter home. From … Continue reading

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Put Money Where Mouth Was

Civil War Daily Gazette has the story of the failed Union effort to take Mathias Point, Virginia on this date 150 years ago. During the engagement James Harmon Ward was mortally wounded, becoming “the first officer of the United States … Continue reading

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Immense Floating Dry Dock

On June 25, 1861 The New-York Times published a map of the Pensacola area, where federal occupied Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island opposed the Confederate forces under Braxton Bragg. By this time Harvey Brown commanded the Union force at … Continue reading

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Reviewed at Boston Common

On June 24, 1861 The New-York Times reported about 9th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which, it was reported, was composed chiefly of Irishmen. It’s commander was Colonel Thomas Cass. The regiment trained on Long Island in Boston Harbor. After a … Continue reading

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