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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:09 am 
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November 23, 1861 Saturday
The bombardment of the Pensacola Confederate installations continued from Fort Pickens and two warships, but the results were negligible for both sides. In Kentucky Brig Gen George H. Thomas, under Buell’s command, advanced with the Federal left wing from Danville in a demonstration toward east Tennessee. C.S.S. Sumter, under Commander Semmes, evaded U.S.S. Iroquois at Martinique and steamed on course for Europe. Confederate gunboat Tuscarora accidentally destroyed by fire near Helena, Arkansas. John Grubb Parke, USA and Zealous Bates Tower, USA were appointed to Brigadier General.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:27 pm 
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November 24, 1861 Sunday
Forces of the United States landed on Tybee Island, Georgia on the Savannah River, controlling the entrance to the harbor and furnishing a foothold for an attack on Fort Pulaski, the brick fortification designed to defend the city of Savannah. There was skirmishing at Lancaster and Johnstown, Missouri. A little-known Confederate cavalryman named Nathan Bedford Forrest undertook an expedition Nov 24 – Dec 5 to Caseyville and Eddyville, Kentucky.

U.S.S. San Jacinto with its controversial, enforced passengers, Mason and Slidell, arrived at Boston, where the would-be diplomats were imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor. In Washington President Lincoln and his Cabinet conferred on what was now called the “Trent Affair” and its repercussions.

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November 25, 1861 Monday
The Confederate Navy Department accepted a shipment of armor plate for the former U.S.S. Merrimack, now being converted at Norfolk into the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia. Meanwhile, U.S.S. Penguin, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Thomas A. Budd, captured blockade running schooner Albion near North Edisto, South Carolina, with cargo of arms, munitions, and provisions and at the same time the U.S. merchant brig Montmorenci was captured by C.S.S. Sumter off the Leeward Islands. In Washington Maj Isaac Lynde was dismissed from the U.S. Army for abandoning Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory in July.

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November 26, 1861 Tuesday
A convention at Wheeling in western Virginia adopted a constitution for a new state to be called West Virginia, created by secession from Virginia. President Davis transmits to the Confederate Congress a message concerning the secession of Missouri. It was accompanied by a letter from Missouri Governor Claiborne F. Jackson, by an act dissolving the union with the United States, and by an act ratifying the Constitution of the provisional Government of the Confederate States. President Lincoln prepared the draft of a bill, never introduced into Congress, authorizing the Federal government to pay the state of Delaware $719,200 in bonds provided the state would abolish slavery through compensation to owners of slaves. In a skirmish near Vienna, Virginia Federals were forced to retreat; there was also a two-day Federal expedition to Dranesville, Virginia with skirmishing. Other skirmishing was at Independence, Missouri. At Savannah Confederate vessels made a dash at the Federal blockaders attempting to draw them into the fire of Fort Pulaski, but failed. C.S.S. Sumter claimed another victim (American schooner Arcade ) in the Atlantic. At Boston a banquet was given honoring Capt Wilkes, who in San Jacinto had seized the Confederate commissioners to Europe.

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November 27, 1861 Wednesday
News of the seizure of the Confederate commissioners from the British packet Trent had reached Great Britain. The word spread rapidly, igniting blazing indignation. “Outrage on the British Flag” placards announced. At Hampton Roads a second major Federal expedition got under way and headed south. This time it was bound for Ship Island, Mississippi where a base was being established to operate against New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. There was a light skirmish near Fairfax Court House, Virginia. U.S.S. Vincennes, commanded by Lieutenant Samuel Marcy, boarded and seized blockade running British bark Empress, aground at the mouth of the Mississippi River, with large cargo of coffee.

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November 28, 1861 Thursday
The Southern Congress officially admitted Missouri to the Confederate States of America. A day of thanksgiving was observed in the Northern states, with many prominent figures publicly proclaiming thanks that loyal men were fighting for their country. On the south Atlantic coast around Port Royal Sound, Federal authorities were ordered to take possession of all crops in the area and to use Negro slaves to gather them and to work on the installations and defenses. Brig Gen Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, USA, assumes command of the District of North Missouri. U.S.S. New London, commanded by Lieutenant A. Read, captured Confederate blockade runner Lewis, with cargo of sugar and molasses, and schooner A. J. View, with cargo of turpentine and tar, off Ship Island, Mississippi. Confederate soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia received new battle flags in ceremonies at Centreville and Manassas, Virginia, and carried them throughout the Civil War ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stars_and_ ... Bars.22.29 ).

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November 29, 1861 Friday
Flames were visible along much of the south Atlantic coast near Charleston and Savannah as Southern planters burned cotton to prevent it from falling into Federal hands. “Let the torch be applied whenever the invader pollutes our soil,” the Charleston Mercury exclaimed. At Warner’s Ranch, California southeast of Los Angeles, Federal troops finally captured the Showalter Party, whom they had pursued since Nov 20. President Lincoln receives an estimated 50 letters per week from officers of European armies offering their services to the government. Brig Gen John McAllister Schofield, USA, assumes command of the Missouri Militia. John Franklin Farnsworth, USA, was appointed to Brigadier General. Lieutenant Worden, later commanding officer of U.S.S. Monitor, arrived in Washington after seven months as a prisoner in the South.

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November 30, 1861 Saturday
British Foreign Secretary Lord John Russell wrote Lord Lyons, Minister to the United States, that the seizure of Confederate commissioners Mason and Slidell was aggression against Britain and that Her Majesty’s Government trusted that the commissioners would be turned over to British protection with a suitable apology. If an answer was not forthcoming in seven days, Lyons was instructed to leave Washington with his legation and return to London. At the same time, Lord Russell directed the British Navy to take such measures as circumstances required, but to refrain from any act of hostility. In Washington high-level meetings on the Trent Affair continued.

There was skirmishing at Grand River, Missouri and near the mouth of Little Cacapon River, western Virginia. A “suspicious” lady passenger on a steamer at Baltimore was found to have gloves, stockings, and letters intended for the South, while a small boy on board carried a quantity of quinine. Both were allowed to pass after their cargo had been confiscated, just one of numerous such incidents. President Lincoln meets with Sec Seward, Comdr Dahlgren, and others at Gen McClellan's residence in the evening. U.S.S. Wanderer, commanded by Lieutenant James H. Spotts, captured blockade running British schooner Telegraph near Indian Key, Florida. U.S.S. Savannah, under Commander John S. Missroon, with other ships in company, seized Confederate schooner E. J. Waterman, after the vessel grounded at Tybee Island with cargo of coffee on board.

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December 1, 1861 Sunday
President Lincoln in a memorandum to Gen McClellan asked some pointed questions about a possible forward movement of the Army of the Potomac and “how long would it require to actually get in motion?” http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/te ... coln5%3A85

There was skirmishing near Camp Goggin, and at Whippoorwill Creek, Kentucky; Morristown, Tennessee; and Shanghai, Missouri with two weeks of minor operations around Mill Springs and Somerset, Kentucky. Federal gunboats demonstrated near Fort Holt, Kentucky. U.S. gunboat Penguin captured the blockade-runner Albion of Nassau off Charleston. Her rich cargo included arms, ammunition, salt, fruit, provisions, oils, tin, copper, saddles, bridles, and cavalry equipment valued at $100,000. U.S.S. New London, commanded by Lieutenant A. Read; captured sloop Advocate in Mississippi Sound. U.S.S. Seminole, under Commander Gillis, seized sloop Lida, from Havana, off St. Simon's Sound, Georgia, with cargo of coffee, lead, and sugar.

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December 2, 1861 Monday
The second session of the 37th Congress of the United States got under way in Washington against a background of exasperation over the military defeats at Ball’s Bluff and First Bull Run, over the failure of the army in Virginia to take action during the fall, and over the Trent Affair. There were many expressions of discontent about the administration of the war and the nation in general. Slavery, too, was more and more an issue. President Lincoln authorized Gen Halleck in the Department of the Missouri to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus whenever he found it necessary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habeas_corpus ). There was a small skirmish at Annandale, Virginia ( http://civilwarwashingtondc1861-1865.bl ... -1861.html ). Four Federal gunboats engaged Confederate steamer Patrick Henry near Newport News, Virginia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Patrick_Henry ). In the 2 hour bombardment Patrick Henry was damaged. Brig Gen James William Denver, USA, is assigned command of all troops in the state of Kansas.

In his first annual report, Secretary of the Navy Welles reported to President Lincoln that: "Since the institution of the blockade one hundred and fifty-three vessels have been captured . . . most of which were attempting to violate the blockade . . . When the vessels now building and purchased arc . . . ready for service, the condition of the navy will be . . . a total of 264 vessels, 2,557 guns, and 218,016, tons. The aggregate number of seamen in the service . . . is now not less than 22,000 - . - The amount appropriated at the last regular session of Congress for the naval service for the current year was $13,168,675.86. To this was added at the special session in July last $30,446,875.91--making for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1862, an aggregate of $43,615,551.77. This sum will not be sufficient . . ."

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December 3, 1861 Tuesday
“The Union must be preserved, and hence, all indispensable means must be employed. We should not be in haste to determine that radical and extreme measures, which may reach the loyal as well as the disloyal, are indispensable.” So wrote President Lincoln in his annual State of the Union message to Congress ( http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/te ... coln5%3A87 ). The President covered many fields, foreign and domestic, as well as reporting on the war effort. He claimed that “the insurrection is largely, if not exclusively, a war upon the first principle of popular government – the rights of the people.” Then, turning to what he called popular institutions, he wrote, “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of Labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed … Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.” He concluded this long, moderate message with “The struggle of today, is not altogether for today – it is for a vast future also.” In general he found the condition of the nation good, despite the war, and called again for colonization of free Negroes, a plan which was becoming more and more a part of Lincoln’s policy.

Meanwhile, the war itself had pretty much reached a droning stage, although there was action at Salem, Missouri and Vienna, Virginia and Federal forces reoccupied Ship Island, preparatory to moving against New Orleans or the Gulf Coast. C.S.S. Sumter, under Commander Semmes, captured and burned at sea American ship Vigilant, bound from New York to the West Indies. U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba, under Commander Ridgely, captured British blockade running schooner Victoria. Brig Gen John Pope, USA, assumes command of all forces between the Missouri River and the Osage River.

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December 4, 1861 Wednesday
The Federal Senate, voting 36 to 0, expelled Sen John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky. After the start of the war he had remained in his seat during the special summer session, seeking if possible to bring about peace, but in November he had entered the Confederate Army.

There was a skirmish near Burke’s Station, Virginia. Confederate newspapers increased their clamor for strong military action in many areas of the South. Queen Victoria of Britain in a proclamation forbade export of gunpowder, firearms, and materials for manufacturing them. In St Louis Gen Halleck ordered the arrest of those giving aid to the secessionists.

President Lincoln interviews Alexander T. Galt, minister of finance for Canada, regarding uneasiness in Canada over possible aggressive designs of the United States. Confederate steamers Florida and Pamlico attacked U.S.S. Montgomery, under Commander Thompson D. Shaw, off Horn Island Pass, Mississippi Sound.

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December 5, 1861 Thursday
In the Federal Congress petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery, especially among slaveholders “in rebellion,” were introduced. There were 682,971 men in the Army and Navy according to the reports of the Secretaries of War and the Navy. Maj Gen William J. Hardee assumed command of the Confederate Central Army of Kentucky. Dec 5-8 there was a Federal scout in the vicinity of Russellville, Kentucky and from the 5-9 another expedition in the Current Hills of Missouri. President Lincoln proclaims treaty with Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians. President Lincoln also receives his November salary of $2,083.34. He also transmits to the Senate a treaty with King of Hanover "concerning the abolition of the Stade or Brunshausen Dues" [tolls levied on vessels ascending River Elbe and passing mouth of Schwinge River].

Flag Officer Du Pont, regarding expedition to Wassaw Sound, Georgia, and plans for the use of the "stone fleet," wrote: "Ottawa, Pembina, and Seneca penetrated into Wassaw . . . the 'stone fleet' are all at Savannah, and I hardly know what to do with them-for with Wassaw that city is more effectively closed than a bottle with wire over the cork I am sending to [Captain James L.] Lardner to know if he can plant them on the Charleston bar One good thing they (the "stone fleet's" appearance at Savannah) did, I have not a doubt they were taken for men-of-war, and led to giving up the Wassaw defenses . . " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Fleet

An interesting article on the early selection and use of the horse by both sides http://www.7score10years.com/index.php/ ... -war-horse

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December 6, 1861 Friday
For two days Federals operated in the area around Port Royal Ferry and Beaufort, South Carolina from their growing base on Hilton Head Island. U.S.S. Augusta, under Commander Parrott, captured British blockade runner Cheshire off South Carolina. Brig Gen George G. Meade led a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s Farm, near Dranesville, Virginia. William Gannaway Brownlow, a Methodist minister, newspaper editor, pro-slavery advocate, and a leading Tennessee Unionist, is arrested by Confederate authorities at Knoxville, Tennessee, on a civil warrant for treason. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gannaway_Brownlow

An interesting article on Springfield, Massachusetts and the Civil War during the month of December 1861. http://www.masslive.com/history/index.s ... ed_st.html

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December 7, 1861 Saturday
U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba under Com Daniel B. Ridgely halted the British schooner Eugenia Smith near the mouth of the Rio Grande and seized J.W. Zacharie, New Orleans merchant, a Confederate purchasing agent. This incident added to the heat already created by the Trent Affair. There was a small skirmish near Glasgow, Missouri.

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