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 Post subject: Re: The American Civil War, Day by Day 1864
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:22 pm 
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Sherman’s advancing army skirmished with cavalry, militia, and “pickup” troops at Clinton, Walnut Creek, East Macon, and Griswoldville, Georgia. Federals skirmished with Indians near Fort Zarah, Kansas.

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John Bell Hood moved his Army of Tennessee out from Florence, Alabama and headed for Tennessee. His object was to get between the Federals at Pulaski and Nashville. Benjamin F. Cheatham’s ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_F._Cheatham ) corps led, going to Rawhide, Alabama. Stephen D. Lee ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_D._Lee ) and A.P. Stewart ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_P._Stewart ) followed, accompanied by Forrest’s cavalry. The Confederates numbered some 30,000 infantry plus 8,000 cavalry. On the other major front, Sherman’s forces defeated Georgia state troops at Griswoldville ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Griswoldville ), and skirmishing broke out near Macon, at Gordon, near Eatonton and Clinton, Georgia. None of these actions significantly hampered Sherman’s advance.

President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to be known the world over, although the original manuscript has disappeared.

To Mrs. Lydia Bixby he wrote that he had learned she was the mother “of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.”

“I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.” The President’s eloquence was misplaced, for only two sons had been killed, two were said to have deserted, and the fifth was honorably discharged.

U.S.S. Iosco, under Commander John Guest, captured blockage running schooner Sybil with cargo of cotton, at sea off the North Carolina coast.

Boats from U.S.S. Avenger, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Charles A. Wright, captured a large quantity of supplies on the Mississippi River near Bruinsburg, Mississippi, after a brief engagement. Union gunboats maintained a vigilant patrol to prevent Confederate supplies from crossing the Mississippi River for the armies in Alabama and Tennessee.

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Gen Slocum’s wing of Sherman’s army occupied the Georgia state capital at Milledgeville. Howard and Kilpatrick were in or near Gordon. The Georgia legislature passed a levy en masse for troops and fled. The first stage of Sherman’s campaign had been more than successful. Georgia was in ferment, nearly powerless to oppose the Federals. Yankee “bummers” and foragers operated far and wide along the paths of the various corps, taking what they needed and a lot they did not need, occasionally burning and looting, particularly if residents had departed. The unenviable reputation that would endure permanently was being made. Another fight broke out at Griswoldville.

In the Confederate advance toward Nashville there was action at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Schofield pulled back north from Pulaski toward Columbia since the Confederates at Lawrenceburg were in a position to flank him and get in his rear. Minor action flared at Front Royal and Rude’s Hill, Virginia and Federals scouted from Devall’s Bluff to Augusta, Arkansas.

President Davis wired officers in Georgia “that every effort will be made by destroying bridges, felling trees, planting sub-terra shells and otherwise, to obstruct the advance of the enemy.” Supplies in danger were to be destroyed. Bragg was told to go to Georgia from Wilmington to join Hardee, Beauregard, and others.

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Schofield’s Union force in Tennessee moved northward from Pulaski toward Columbia. A few miles to the west, Hood’s Confederates advanced toward the same place. There was skirmishing at Henryville, Fouche Springs, and Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.

In Georgia much of Sherman’s army was grouped in and around the state capital at Milledgeville, where there was yet another skirmish. Other skirmishes occurred at Ball’s Ferry and the Georgia Central Railroad Bridge on the Oconee River. Gen William J Hardee ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Hardee ) took command of troops opposing Sherman, a difficult assignment, since he did not know Sherman’s intended route and had too few troops to block even one road.

Elsewhere, the action included skirmishes at Morganza, Louisiana; an expedition by Federals lasting until Dec 10 from Fort Wingate against Indians in New Mexico Territory; and a Federal expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City, Mississippi which lasted until Dec 4. Gen Grant and other officers conferred with the President, Sec Stanton, and Gen Halleck in Washington.

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Moving before daylight, Schofield’s Union force marched northward on the road from Pulaski, Tennessee toward Columbia. Jacob D. Cox got to Columbia first; he found a skirmish going on between Federals and Forrest’s cavalry and drove the Confederates away. Schofield followed with the rest of his force to Columbia, beating Hood’s Army of Tennessee to the important river crossing on the main road to Nashville. The Federals took a strong position south of the Duck River. Action at Campbellsville and at Lynnville, Tennessee also marked the campaign.

Skirmishes took place at St Charles, Arkansas and near Prince George Court House, Virginia. Federal Att Gen Edward Bates, who had gradually found himself out of place in the Cabinet, resigned.

In Georgia Sherman continued on from Milledgeville. Referring to Sherman, President Davis told Gen W.J. Hardee, “When the purpose of the enemy shall be developed, every effort must be made to obstruct the route on which he is moving, and all other available means must be employed to delay his march, as well to enable our forces to be concentrated as to reduce him to want of necessary supplies.”

U.S.S. Chocura, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Meade, sighted schooner Louisa and chased her ashore on the bar off San Bernard River, Texas. A heavy gale totally destroyed the schooner before she could be boarded.

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The public was not aware just what Sherman was doing in Georgia; as least he had departed Atlanta for the sea. They were uncertain, too, just what was up in Tennessee south of Nashville. But they did learn the details of a flamboyant, somewhat harebrained scheme to set fire to New York City.

Confederate agents, arranged for in Canada, set fires in ten or more New York hotels and in Barnum’s Museum. None of the hotel fires was at all successful and the blaze at Barnum’s caused little more than excitement. Help from the Copperheads in New York was not forthcoming, and there were even rumors that the chemist who compounded the combustibles purposely made them defective. Southern agent R.C. Kennedy was later captured and hanged for setting the fire at Barnum’s.

Sherman’s troops moved toward Sandersville, Georgia where Slocum’s men skirmished with Wheeler’s cavalry before entering the town on Nov 26. At Columbia, Tennessee, Schofield was entrenching both south and north of the Duck River, while Hood was delayed in getting his force to Columbia. Fighting occurred against Indians at Plum Creek Station, Nebraska Territory, and Adobe Fort on the Canadian River, New Mexico Territory. There was also an affair at Raccourci, near Williamsport, Louisiana.

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Major units of Hood’s Army of Tennessee arrived in front of Federal positions south of the Duck River at Columbia, Tennessee. Sherman’s troops continued skirmishing with Confederate cavalry at Sandersville, Georgia. In the West action included an affair near Plum Creek Station and a skirmish at Spring Creek, Nebraska Territory; a skirmish at Osage, Missouri; and a Union expedition until Dec 2 from Lewisburg to Strahan’s Landing, Arkansas. In northern Virginia troops skirmished at Fairfax Station. President Lincoln offered the post of Attorney General to Joseph Holt but he refused. Lucius Bellinger Northrop, CSA, is appointed to Brigadier General.

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By evening the Army of Tennessee ranged in front of Columbia, Tennessee just south of the Duck River. The Federal commander, Schofield, expected Hood to attempt to turn his position, so he moved his entire command north of the river to prepared positions during the night of Nov 27-28, partly destroying the railroad and pontoon bridges. Schofield was getting erroneous reports from his cavalry commander, James H. Wilson, that Forrest had crossed the Duck River to the east above Columbia.

In the Georgia campaign, Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry halted Kilpatrick in two days of action at Waynesborough. Otherwise there was skirmishing at Moorefield, West Virginia; and the usual scouts, one by Federals from Little Rock to Benton, Arkansas; and another lasting until Dec 13, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana against the Mobile and Ohio Railroad.

An explosion and fire destroyed General Butler's headquarters steamer Greyhound, on the James River, Virginia, and narrowly missed killing Butler, Major General Schenck, and Rear Admiral Porter, on board for a conference on the forthcoming Fort Fisher expedition. Because of the nature of the explosion, it is likely that one of the deadly Confederate coal torpedoes had been planted in Greyhound's boiler. "The furnace door blew open," recalled Butler, "and scattered coals throughout the room." The so-called "coal torpedo" was a finely turned piece of cast iron containing ten pounds of powder and made to resemble closely a lump of coal, and was capable of being used with devastating effect. As Admiral Porter later described the incident: "We had left Bermuda Hundred five or six miles behind us when suddenly an explosion forward startled us, and in a moment large volumes of smoke poured out of the engine-room." The Admiral went on to marvel at the ingenuity which nearly cost him his life: "In devices for blowing up vessels the Confederates were far ahead of us, putting Yankee ingenuity to shame." This device was suspected of being the cause of several unexplained explosions during the war.

Blockade running British steamer Beatrice was captured by picket boats under Acting Master Gifford of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off Charleston. The prize crew accidentally grounded Beatrice near Morris Island and she was soon a total wreck.

U.S.S. Princess Royal, under Commander Woolsey, seized blockade running British schooner Flash in the Gulf of Mexico off Brazos Santiago with cargo of cotton. Later in the day, Princess Royal also captured blockade running schooner Neptune. Woolsey reported: "The vessel was empty, having just lost a cargo of salt, said salt having, according to the master's statement, 'dissolved in her hold.' "

U.S.S. Metacomet, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Jouett, captured blockade running steamer Susanna in the Gulf of Mexico off Campeche Banks. Half her cargo of cotton was thrown overboard in the chase. Rear Admiral Farragut had regarded Susanna as "their fastest steamer."

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Cavalry of Gen Forrest crossed the Duck River above Columbia the evening of Nov 28 with most of the rest of Hood’s army ready to follow. Other troops of the Army of Tennessee occupied Columbia itself. Cavalry units of both armies skirmished at the crossings of the Duck River and at Shelbyville, Tennessee. Fighting increased in Georgia, with action at Buckhead Church and Buckhead Creek or Reynolds’ Plantation. Cavalry fought again near Davisborough and Waynesborough. Thomas L. Rosser ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_L._Rosser ) led his Confederate cavalry from the Shenandoah Valley to New Creek west of Cumberland, Maryland and the Baltimore and Ohio, capturing prisoners and extensive supplies. After knocking out the railroad bridge they pulled out, but they showed that Confederate raiders were not through in the East. Skirmishes occurred at Goresville, Virginia; Cow Creek, Kansas; and several lesser scouts and expeditions operated. Major General Napoleon J. T. Dana ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_J.T._Dana ), USA, is assigned command of the newly created Federal Department of Mississippi.

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Early in the morning two of the three corps of Hood’s Army of Tennessee, plus another division, crossed the Duck River above Columbia. They hoped to flank Schofield’s Federals north of the Duck and cut him off at Spring Hill from the route to Franklin and Nashville. Forrest’s cavalry skirmished at Spring Hill about midday, and in midafternoon Confederate infantry came in under Pat Cleburne. Meanwhile, there was firing along the Duck between the main body of Schofield and Confederates under S.D. Lee. Confederates at Spring Hill were thwarted by darkness and a few defenders. The Federals under David S. Stanley had worked nobly to keep the turnpike to Franklin open. Schofield finally pulled all his troops away from the Duck. Somehow or other he managed to pass his entire army northward up the pike under the nose of Hood’s army without suffering attack. Participants and historians were never able to determine what did or did not happen – charges and countercharges were many. At any rate, the entire Federal force, wagon train and all, got away clear to Franklin and took up a new position south of town. Hood had been told the Federals were passing and apparently did order some troops out, but nothing came of it except some ineffectual skirmishing. The “Spring Hill Affair” became one of the most controversial non-fighting events of the entire war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Spring_Hill ).

Sand Creek, Colorado Territory will remain forever a blot on American history in the opinion of most historians. The citizens of the Denver area felt the need to put down the Indians who had been taking advantage of the lack of Federal troops and had committed numerous depredations. With some nine hundred volunteers, Col J.M. Chivington ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Chivington ) moved out to the Indian camp on Sand Creek, some forty miles south of Fort Lyon, where there were over five hundred Arapahoes and Cheyennes. The Indians had insisted they were peaceable and contended they had not taken part in recent raids. Chivington’s force attacked the village without warning and massacred warriors, women, and children. Chivington reported, “It may perhaps be unnecessary for me to state that I captured no prisoners.” Chivington claimed between five hundred and six hundred killed, although that boast may be high. Among the dead was Black Kettle, a major chief. Some westerners approved, but easterners as a whole were aghast. Eventually the government condemned the massacre and paid indemnity to the survivors ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_Creek_massacre ).

Sherman’s men continued what was becoming their destructive romp through Georgia with a skirmish near Louisville. There was also fighting near Boyd’s Landing, South Carolina; Charles Town, West Virginia; Doyal’s Plantation, Louisiana. Confederate guerrillas attacked the steamer Alamo on the Arkansas River, near Dardanelle, Arkansas. Robert Bullock, CSA, is appointed to Brigadier General.

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Leading units of the retreating Federals of Schofield’s force under Jacob Cox arrived at Franklin, Tennessee about dawn. They formed a defensive line south of the town and the Harpeth River. Schofield wished to hold Franklin until he could repair the bridges and get his trains across. Stung by the lost opportunity at Spring Hill, Hood moved rapidly toward Franklin on the main pike. A skirmish at Thompson’s Station south of the town and other Federal delaying moves slowed the Confederate advance. About 4PM Hood debouched from the Winstead Hills in a massive frontal attack against the well-posted Federals on the southern edge of Franklin. Gallantly the Confederates pressed ahead, carrying forward works of the enemy, though suffering heavily. After a near break, the Federals rallied on the interior lines. Some of the bloodiest and most tragic fighting of the war occurred in front of the Carter House and up and down the lines at Franklin, but to no avail for Hood. The battle lasted well into the night ( http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/franklin.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Franklin_(1864) ).

For the Confederates the toll included six generals: the famous and capable Pat Cleburne ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Cleburne ), S.R. Gist ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_Rights_Gist ), H.B. Granbury ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_B._Granbury ), John Adams ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams ... my_officer) ), O.F. Strahl ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otho_F._Strahl ), all killed outright, and John C. Carter ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Carter ), mortally wounded. The Confederates had between 20,000 and 27,000 men in action, and lost 1750 killed, 3800 wounded, and 702 missing for 6252. Schofield’s Federals numbered between 22,000 and 27,000 engaged and they suffered many fewer casualties: 189 killed, 1033 wounded, and 1104 missing for 2326. For Schofield’s valiant defenders, Gen Jacob D. Cox, commanding the Twenty-third Corps and really in command of the field, deserves much credit.

During the night, Schofield pulled his battered units north across the Harpeth River and headed toward Nashville. The Confederates had failed to break the Union lines and suffered ghastly casualties they could not afford, but they did proceed on to Nashville.

Sherman marched on, with a skirmish at Louisville, Georgia. There was also action near Dalton, Georgia; Kabletown, West Virginia; and Snicker’s Gap, Virginia. At Honey Hill or Grahamville, near the South Carolina coast, Federal troops from Hilton Head moved out to attack. Their purpose was to enlarge Union holdings and outposts in the area and to cut the Charleston and Savannah Railroad. But the Georgia militia threw back the Federals, who then withdrew ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Honey_Hill ). There was no real attempt to aid Sherman by marching in from the seacoast, though this had been discussed.

In a message to Beauregard, President Davis said he believed Sherman “may move directly for the Coast.” The Confederates must concentrate and his army must be reduced and rendered ineffective. Davis thought Hood would not have an effect on Federal strategy until the Confederates reached Union territory.

U.S.S. Itasca, commanded by Lieutenant Commander George Brown, seized blockade running British schooner Carrie Mair off Pass Cavallo, Texas.

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The Federal troops of John M. Schofield had successfully withdrawn from Franklin, Tennessee and were now taking their places in the Nashville defense lines of Gen George H. Thomas. The Federals formed a rough semicircle south of the Tennessee capital, with both flanks resting on the Cumberland River. John Bell Hood’s weary Army of Tennessee moved upon Nashville with little pause to take care of the casualties or to reorganize after woeful toll exacted at Franklin on Nov 30. Already he was too late, for the Union had stanchly entrenched on the hills of the city. Hood faced two alternatives: to lie in front of the city in partial siege and await attack, or to bypass Nashville, which would leave Thomas in his rear. Some minor scraps included one at Owen’s Cross Roads.

Sherman’s invaders, more than halfway from Atlanta to Savannah, proceeded with little difficulty as they approached Millen, Georgia, site of a prison camp for Northern soldiers ( http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/camplawton.html ). Federals were reported heading toward notorious Andersonville ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andersonvi ... toric_Site ), far to the south, to free the prisoners there. There was a skirmish at Shady Grove, of little consequence. Skirmishing also occurred at Stony Creek Station, Virginia. In the West several Federal expeditions operated against guerrillas. Other action included a fight near Cypress Creek in Perry County, Arkansas and operations near Waynesville, Missouri.

James Speed of Kentucky was told he was appointed Attorney General by the President, succeeding resigned Edward Bates.

U.S.S. Rhode Island, under Commander Stephen D. Trenchard, captured blockade running British steamer Vixen off Cape Fear, North Carolina, with cargo including arms.

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Advance units of Hood’s Army of Tennessee approached the Federal lines at Nashville, establishing their own positions this day and on Dec 3. Cavalry carried out operations against blockhouses and outer positions of Thomas’ Federal defenders, with some skirmishing. Washington ordered Thomas to attack Hood soon. Maj Gen Grenville M. Dodge ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenville_M._Dodge ) was named to replace Gen Rosecrans as commander of the Department of Missouri. Rosecrans long had experienced difficulty with the various divided political forces in Missouri and had proved inept in the administration of his difficult command, one which had defeated several generals. Brigadier General Thomas J. Wood ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_J._Wood ), USA, assumes command of the Federal 4th Army Corps, due to the wounding of Major General David S. Stanley ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_S._Stanley ), USA, during the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Brigadier General Archibald Gracie, Jr. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_Gracie_III ), CSA, is killed instantly by a Federal artillery shell as he observed Union positions through his telescope during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. Confederate Major General Sterling Price, CSA, and his Confederate troops reach Laynesport, Arkansas, effectively ending his latest and last Confederate expedition into Missouri.

U.S.S. Pequot, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Braine sighted blockade running steamer Ella off the coast of South Carolina and pursued her for nearly seven hours before darkness halted the chase. Early in the morning, 3 December, U.S.S. Emma, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Thomas Dunn, sighted Ella steering for the western bar of the Cape Fear River, and, attempting to intercept her, forced the runner aground near the light at Bald Head Point. Ships of the blockading squadron shelled the grounded Ella for two days before a boarding party commanded by Acting Ensign Isaac S. Sampson burned Ella on 5 December.

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With both sides dug in at Nashville, that front appeared to be at a standstill for a while, although Federal authorities in Washington and Gen Grant in Virginia were urging Thomas to attack. Sherman was at Millen, Georgia with the Seventeenth Corps. The other corps in Georgia were the Fifteenth, south of the Ogeechee River, the Twentieth, on the Augusta railroad about four miles north of Millen, and the Fourteenth, near Lumpkin’s Station on the Augusta railroad. All units began to march toward Savannah, and from now on the opposition was even lighter than it had been. As they neared the coast, the country grew more sandy and then tended to marshes and creeks. The soldiers lived off the country and their reckless destruction of property continued. There was a mild skirmish at Thomas’ Station. Elsewhere, skirmishes took place in Perry County, Arkansas; and near New Madrid, Missouri; and a Federal naval expedition operated against salt works at Rocky Point, Tampa Bay, Florida. President Lincoln worked on his annual message to Congress and conferred about the possibility of naming Salmon P. Chase Chief Justice. The Federal 10th Army Corps is discontinued. The Federal 18th Army Corps is discontinued. Major General Edward O. C. Ord ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Ord ), USA, assumes command of the newly organized Federal 24th Army Corps. Major General Godfrey Weitzel ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Weitzel ), USA, assumes command of the newly organized Federal 25th Army Corps.

U.S.S. Mackinaw, under Commander Beaumont, captured schooner Mary at sea east off Charleston with cargo of cotton, tobacco, and turpentine.

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Late on Dec 3, Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry attacked troops guarding railroad wreckers at Waynesborough, Georgia. A heavy engagement, largely involving cavalry, continued throughout the day. Kilpatrick advanced his Federals to charge Wheeler’s Confederates, who, in turn, countercharged. Eventually the dismounted Federal troops drove the Confederates from several positions. There also was skirmishing in Georgia near Statesborough, Station No 5 on the Georgia Central, at the Little Ogeechee River, and near Lumpkin’s Station. In Tennessee Thomas realized he must attack Hood’s Confederates. Thomas prepared energetically and awaited further reinforcements. Skirmishing developed at White’s Station and Bell’s Mills, Tennessee. Otherwise, action occurred on the New Texas Road near Morganza, Louisiana; with Indians on Cow Creek near Fort Zarah, Kansas; and near Davenport Church, Virginia. James Monroe Goggin, CSA, is appointed to Brigadier General.

C.S.S. Shenandoah, commanded by Lieutenant Waddell, captured and burned whaling bark Edward off Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic.

U.S.S. Chocura, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Meade, captured schooner Lowood south of Velasco, Texas, with cargo of cotton. Calling Lowood "a notorious blockade runner", Meade said: "We had been watching this schooner for some time and finally laid a trap for her, which has proved successful."

U.S.S. Pembina, commanded by Lieutenant Commander James G. Maxwell, seized blockade running Dutch brig Geziena Hilligonda near Brazos Santiago, Texas, with cargo including medicines, iron, and cloth.

Boats from U.S.S. Pursuit, commanded by Acting Lieutenant George Taylor, captured Peep O'Day near Indian River, Florida, with cargo of cotton.

U.S.S. R. R. Cuyler, under Commander Caldwell, U.S.S. Mackinaw, under Commander Beaumont, and U.S.S. Gettysburg, commanded by Lieutenant R. H. Lamson, captured blockade running steamer Armstrong at sea (33º N., 78º W.). R. R. Cuyler and Gettysburg, joined by U.S.S. Montgomery, picked up a number of bales of cotton thrown over by Armstrong during the chase. Mackinaw had earlier in the day captured brig Hattie E. Wheeler with cargo of sugar.

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1/1/XIV Corps/AotC
Blood 'n Guts hisself, a land lovin' pirate. Show me some arty tubes and we'll charge 'em.
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