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 Post subject: Re: The American Civil War, Day by Day 1864
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December 5, 1864 Monday
The Congress of the United States gathered for the second session of the Thirty-eighth Congress.

At Nashville Hood sent Forrest’s cavalry and a division of infantry toward Murfreesboro. They carried out three days of demonstrations during which there was some fighting, but the Confederates were unable to take the town and the infantry withdrew. Sherman’s men fought a brief skirmish at the Little Ogeechee River in Georgia. There was also a minor skirmish to the north, at Dalton, Georgia.

In his fourth annual report to the President, Secretary Welles noted the great impact on the Confederacy made by Union seapower. Of the tireless blockaders he wrote: "The blockade of a coast line . . . greater in extent than the whole coast of Europe from Cape Trafalger to Cape North, is an undertaking without precedent in history." Welles observed that while successful runs through the blockade brought huge profits, "the blockade has not been violated with impunity. Heavy losses have befallen most of those who have been engaged in the illicit trade. Sixty-five steamers, the aggregate value of which, with their cargoes, will scarcely fall short of thirteen millions of dollars, have been captured or destroyed in endeavoring to enter or escape from Wilmington. Over fifty such results have occurred since Rear-Admiral Dahlgren anchored his monitor inside of Charleston bar and closed that port to commerce." By this date the United States Navy, consisting of only 42 ships on active duty in March 1861, had grown to 671 ships mounting more than 4,600 guns. A total of 203 ships had been built for the naval service since March 1861, including 62 ironclads. This growing force had ringed the South with an increasingly close blockade which by December 1864 had taken nearly 1,400 prizes. In addition, the Secretary noted four ships had been lost to the Southern naval cause in the course of the year: the commerce raiders Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and the fearsome ram Albemarle. Moreover, the last major Gulf port had been closed with the Union victory at Mobile Bay. The fierce engagement, Welles wrote, was one which "in many respects [is] one of the most remarkable on record, and which added new lustre even to the renown of Rear-Admiral Farragut. . . ."

U.S.S. Chocura, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Meade, seized blockade running British schooner Julia south of Velasco, Texas, with cargo including bar iron, medicines, cotton bagging, and rope.

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December 6, 1864 Tuesday
Former Sec of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase was named Chief Justice, succeeding the deceased Roger B. Taney. Although President Lincoln had had difficulties with him during his Cabinet years, the President had considered Chase at the head of the list for the Supreme Court since Taney’s death. Perhaps Lincoln thought of eliminating Chase as a perennial presidential candidate, perhaps he recognized that Chase’s abilities were well suited to the post.

Following the custom of the day, President Lincoln sent his annual message to Congress, where it was read to the highly interested members, for all were aware of the momentous questions of war and reconstruction facing the Union. Opening the message without emphasis on the war, Mr Lincoln noted that the state of foreign affairs was reasonably satisfactory. He mentioned some previously closed ports now open and hoped foreign merchants would trade there rather than resort to blockade-running. “I regard our emigrants as one of the principal replenishing streams which are appointed by Providence to repair the ravages of internal war, and its wastes of national strength and health,” he wrote. Financial conditions were satisfactory and, despite the war, the Treasury showed a balance for the year ending July 1, 1863. The War and Navy departments had spent $776,525,135.74 out of expenditures of $865,234,087.86. He did call for increased taxation. The public debt was $1,740,690,489.49. Westward expansion was continuing, the new Agricultural Department was developing. Still, “The war continues.” However, the armies had steadily advanced. He reported favorably on the reconstruction efforts in Louisiana, Maryland, and elsewhere. The President asked for reconsideration of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, which he said the people approved in their election decision. The people are united on “the distinct issue of Union or no Union,” for “The public purpose to re-establish and maintain the nation authority is unchanged, and, as we believe, unchangeable.” As to peace, the insurgents “cannot voluntarily reaccept the Union; we cannot voluntarily yield it.” The issue can only be decided by war. But if the insurgent government cannot accept peace and reunion, the people can, and some desire it. The President admitted readmission of members of Congress was not in presidential hands. “I mean simply to say that the war will cease on the part of the government, whenever it shall have ceased on the part of those who began it.”

Gen Grant issued new orders to Gen Thomas at Nashville: “Attack Hood at once and wait no longer for remount of your cavalry. There is great danger of delay resulting in a campaign back to the Ohio River.” Thomas obediently said he would attack at once, although it would be hazardous without cavalry. A Union naval flotilla on the Cumberland River engaged Southern batteries near Bell’s Mills, Tennessee. Federal troops on the south Atlantic coast demonstrated against the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, but did not break it. Other action included a skirmish at Lewisburg, Arkansas; Federal expeditions in Arkansas and Virginia; and a Confederate raid from Paris, Tennessee to Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Patrick Henry Jones, USA, is appointed to Brigadier General.

U.S.S. Chocura, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Meade, seized blockade running British schooner Lady Hurley off Velasco, Texas, with cargo including bar iron, steel, salt, and medicines.

U.S.S. Princess Royal, under Commander Woolsey, captured blockade running schooner Alabama after forcing her aground near San Luis Pass, Texas. Her crew abandoned ship, Woolsey's boarding party worked her free and took the prize to Galveston. Her cargo included iron bars, rope, flour, and soda.

U.S.S. Sunflower, commanded by Acting Master Charles Loring, III, seized blockade running sloop Pickwick off St. George's Sound, Florida.

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Federal military authorities were in ferment over Thomas’ failure to attack Hood at Nashville. Grant told Stanton if Thomas did not attack promptly he should be removed. Fighting was fairly severe at Murfreesboro, where Confederates under Forrest demonstrated against the Union outpost. Sherman’s marauding army, getting closer to Savannah daily, skirmished at Jenks’ Bridge on the Ogeechee River, at Buck Creek and Cypress Swamp near Sister’s Ferry, Georgia. At Fort Monroe, Virginia, ships, men, and supplies were being gathered for the forthcoming expedition to Fort Fisher, North Carolina aimed at cutting off the last major Confederate port open to blockade-runners. Fighting broke out at Moselle Bridge near Franklin, Missouri and near Paint Rock Bridge, Alabama. Federal expeditions continued around Devall’s Bluff and elsewhere in Arkansas and in Virginia.

U.S.S. Narcissus, commanded by Acting Ensign William G. Jones, struck a Confederate torpedo in a heavy storm while lying off the city of Mobile. Jones reported: ". . . the vessel struck a torpedo, which exploded, lifting her nearly out of water and breaking out a large hole in the starboard side, amidships . . . causing the vessel to sink in about fifteen minutes." The tug went down without loss of life and was raised later in the month. Mobile Bay was in Union hands, but Southern torpedoes took a heavy toll of Northern ships.

Blockade running steamer Stormy Petrel was run ashore and fired upon by gunboats of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron while attempting to enter Wilmington. Stormy Petrel was totally destroyed a few days later by a gale.

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Sherman’s marching army could almost smell the sea; the changing terrain and vegetation indicated that they were fast approaching their goal. Skirmishing flared at Ebenezer Creek and near Bryan Court House, Georgia.

Gen Grant told Halleck in Washington, “If Thomas has not struck yet, he ought to be ordered to hand over his command to Schofield.” Grant admitted he feared Hood would get to the Ohio River. Halleck demurred, saying the decision to remove Thomas was up to Grant. Grant again urged Thomas directly to attack, but Thomas wired that his cavalry would not be ready before Dec 11. There was skirmishing on the Petersburg front at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. Out in Missouri an affair took place at Tuscumbia. Major General Napoleon J. T. Dana ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_J.T._Dana ), USA, assumes commands of the Federal Department of Mississippi.

U.S.S. J. P. Jackson, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Pennington, with U.S.S. Stockdale, commanded by Acting Master Thomas Edwards, in company, captured blockade running schooner Medora in Mississippi Sound with cargo of cotton. U.S.S. Cherokee, commanded by Lieutenant William E. Dennison, captured blockade running British steamer Emma Henry at sea east of North Carolina with cargo of cotton. U.S.S. Itasca, commanded by Lieutenant Commander George Brown, chased blockade running sloop Mary Ann ashore at Pass Cavallo, Texas. Brown removed her cargo of cotton and destroyed her.

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Activity increased at Petersburg; a two-day Federal reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run involved several skirmishes. Down in Georgia Sherman’s men moved close to Savannah, particularly to the immediate south of the city. Skirmishing broke out at the Ogeechee Canal between Eden and Pooler stations, at Cuyler’s Plantation and Monteith Swamp. Gen Grant issued an order replacing Thomas at Nashville with Gen Schofield. He suspended the order when Thomas told him he had planned to attack on the tenth, but a heavy storm of freezing rain had set in, making advance impossible. Thomas blamed his delay on necessary concentration of men, horses, and supplies. U.S.S. Otsego and a tug were sunk by torpedoes in the Roanoke River near Jamesville, North Carolina.

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The marching part of Sherman’s Georgia Campaign was over. He had arrived in front of Savannah! The Federal army was almost in sight of the ocean, but Hardee’s defenders were strongly entrenched and had flooded the rice fields, leaving only five narrow causeways as approaches to the city. Sherman determined not to assault but to invest the city. The Federal army had not made contact with the supply vessels and the Federal navy offshore, although stores were not too short, at least for men. Horses, however, soon began to suffer. Immense amounts of forage were needed daily, and with the army stationary, all nearby feed was soon used up. Cavalry was ordered to investigate Fort McAllister guarding the Ogeechee River, obvious path of contact between Sherman and the fleet. In the defense Hardee had something under 18,000 men. Richmond had been suggesting withdrawal and concentration of all available Confederate forces in South Carolina, assuming Sherman would turn northward. There was a skirmish at Springfield, Georgia; and a Confederate steamer, Ida, was captured and burned on the Savannah River.

Bad weather continued at Nashville, making any movements hazardous. On other fronts there was skirmishing at Petersburg in front of Fort Holly; Federal scouting from Core Creek to Southwest Creek, North Carolina; a Union expedition until Dec 21 against Indians in central Arizona Territory. Federal troops under George Stoneman moved from Knoxville toward east Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, aiming at the Confederate salt works and supply depots. President Lincoln named Maj Gen William F. Smith and Henry Stanbery as special commissioners to investigate civil and military affairs on and west of the Mississippi River. President Lincoln receives a letter of resignation from Marshal Lamon ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_Hill_Lamon ), because Lincoln does not take proper precautions to guard against assassination.

U.S.S. O. H. Lee, commanded by Acting Master Oliver Thacher, captured blockade running British schooner Sort off Anclote Keys, Florida, with cargo of cotton.

C.S.S. Macon, commanded by Lieutenant Kennard, C.S.S. Sampson, commanded by Lieutenant William W. Carnes, and C.S.S. Resolute, commanded by Acting Master's Mate William D. Oliveira, under Flag Officer Hunter, took Union shore batteries under fire at Tweedside on the Savannah River. Hunter attempted to run his gunboats downriver to join in the defense of Savannah, but was unable to pass the strong Federal batteries. Resolute was disabled in this exchange of fire, 12 December, and was abandoned and captured. Recognizing that he could not get his remaining two vessels to Savannah, and having destroyed the railroad bridge over the Savannah River which he had been defending, Hunter took advantage of unusually high water to move upstream to Augusta.

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Sherman’s Federals were busy investing Savannah, although the route north to Charleston was not yet cut off and, in fact, never would be. The lengthy King’s Bridge over the Ogeechee River, direct route to Fort McAllister, had to be rebuilt. It had been destroyed by Confederates. In Virginia there were minor operations about Broadwater Ferry and the Chowan River. Grant again urged Thomas to attack Hood and Thomas replied that he would as soon as the weather improved at all.

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The Federal army at Savannah was getting its lines set for enveloping the city and was preparing to attack Fort McAllister, the last barrier to contact with the Northern fleet. A skirmish erupted on the Amite River, Louisiana. Stoneman’s cavalry plus other troops pushed ahead from Knoxville and east Tennessee toward southwest Virginia, with a skirmish at Big Creek near Rogersville, Tennessee. Gen Thomas at Nashville informed Halleck in Washington that he had his troops ready to attack Hood as soon as the sleet had melted, for it was now almost impossible to move on the ice-covered ground.

President Lincoln explained to Gen Edward R.S. Canby, in command in the Gulf area, the government policy in Louisiana, such as getting cotton away from the Confederates, and said “it is a worthy object to again get Louisiana into proper practical relations with the nation….” President Davis was still casting about for troops to oppose Sherman, without weakening Lee.

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Gen Sherman reached the sea. The Federal commander made contact with the Union fleet after the capture of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River below Savannah. About 5 PM Federal troops of W.B. Hazen’s division of the Fifteenth Corps charged the earth fort from the land side, despite mines and other obstructions. Sherman watched the courageous assault from a rice mill across the Ogeechee. The Confederate garrison under Maj G.W. Anderson numbered 230 men and suffered 35 casualties, while Hazen had 24 killed and 110 wounded ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_ ... ster_(1864) and http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/fo ... ister.html ). The fall of the fort opened river communication with the Union fleet. Savannah was doomed. Signals flew between Sherman and the vessels coming up the Ogeechee; soon the general personally visited his naval compatriots and on Dec 14 he conferred on the river with Gen John G. Foster and later with Admiral Dahlgren. Supplies could reach Sherman’s army now, and contact with the North, although still slow, was reestablished.

Stoneman’s Union raiders in east Tennessee reached Kingsport, pushed across the Holston River, and defeated remnants of John Hunt Morgan’s old command. Federal expeditions were active from Barrancas, Florida to Pollard, Alabama; from Morganza to Morgan’s Ferry, Louisiana; and up the White River from Devall’s Bluff, Arkansas. Confederates attacked a railroad train near Murfreesboro. On the Nashville front both Hood and Thomas waited out the sleet storm. Thomas still promised to move when the weather abated, but Grant now ordered Maj Gen John A. Logan ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Logan ) to proceed to Nashville to supersede Thomas. Logan was not to take over if Thomas had moved. Grant then headed for Washington, intending to go on to Nashville himself. Cyrus Hamlin, USA, is appointed to Brigadier General.

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Gen Thomas told Washington that the ice had melted and he would attack Hood south of Nashville the next day. Field orders for the advance were issued. In Georgia Federal naval units for a week bombarded Forts Rosedew and Beaulieu on the Vernon River. In the Stoneman expedition toward southwest Virginia there was an affair at Bristol, Tennessee. Skirmishes occurred on the Germantown Road near Memphis, Tennessee and in the Cypress Swamp near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Until Jan 5 Federals operated in the vicinity of Hermitage Plantation near Morganza, Louisiana. President Davis deferred to Lee’s judgment as to whether troops could be spared from Petersburg to operate against Sherman.

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Somewhat ponderous, but massively effective, George H. Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland came out from the works of Nashville in the heavy fog and struck John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee a devastating blow ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nashville and http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/nashville.html ). A holding demonstration was made by Thomas’ left against the Confederate right while the main Federal force, totaling 35,000, attacked the thin Confederate left. They carried redoubts and then successfully assaulted Montgomery Hill and drove the enemy from the main defensive line to a position about a mile to the rear along the Brentwood Hills. Hood had been beaten back but still held the main road to Franklin and remained an effective force. He claimed his lines had been overextended and that the new positions were taken to shorten the line. Both sides made troop readjustments during the night. There was some thought among Federals that Hood would withdraw, but it was soon clear that the new Southern line was solidly posted. Thomas had skillfully handled his troops and had moved surely. When the message of the day’s outcome reached Washington before midnight, Grant canceled his plans to go farther than Washington. Logan, who had been sent to supersede Thomas, had not yet arrived in Nashville. On the morning of the sixteenth the President wired his congratulations and urged Thomas to continue. On the Confederate right flank another train was captured near Murfreesboro.

In the east Tennessee-southwestern Virginia Federal expedition skirmishes broke out near Abingdon and Glade Springs, Virginia. Federals carried out an expedition from Fort Monroe to Pagan Creek, Virginia.

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At 6 AM in rain and snow, Union troops on the left pressed back the Confederate right on the Franklin Pike to the main entrenchments, but S.D. Lee’s corps held. Federals completed aligning for battle south of Nashville and the movement against the enemy’s left continued along the Granny White Pike. On Hood’s left the Union cavalry had gained his rear and the whole flank was threatened and encircled. Then, late in the afternoon, came the main assault, after a punishing artillery bombardment. Up the hills they went in the face of rigorous fire. The Federals were successful everywhere, capturing many prisoners and much artillery. The Southern left at Shy’s Hill gave way and then the center fell back, leaving the right to cover the withdrawal. The Confederates were, as Thomas said, “Hopelessly broken,” and they “fled in confusion.” Federals pursued for several miles until after dark, but Hood’s rear guard fended them off. Hood said his Army of Tennessee resisted all assaults until midafternoon, when part of the line to the left of center gave way and “In a few moments our entire line was broken….”

Thomas had some 50,000 to 55,000 Federals on the field and suffered 387 killed, 2562 wounded, and 112 missing for 3061. Confederate figures are far less certain; Hood probably had well under 30,000 men, of which about 4500 were captured. Killed and wounded were possibly 1500. For a two-day battle of such magnitude, the casualties were remarkably low. The Army of Tennessee was decimated, its effectiveness ended; yet, despite some accounts, it was not “destroyed.” A hard core remained capable of defensive fight, but there was not to be the material to build the army up again after Nashville. The fighting around the Tennessee capital was the last major battle in the West. Washington and Grant appear to have been overanxious in ordering Thomas’ replacement. The Army of the Cumberland under Thomas had won an impressive victory in eliminating the major western Confederate army as an aggressive force, and halting forever the dream of a Southern advance into the North.

Sherman’s army was at work getting resupplied from sea, completing its lines and occupation of the area near Savannah. There was a skirmish at Hinesville, Georgia. In the Southwest Virginia Campaign, Stoneman’s Federal cavalry saw action at Marion, and the Union forces captured Wytheville. In Louisiana there was an expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya River. In Arkansas a skirmish took place near Dudley Lake. U.S.S. Mount Vernon, commanded by Acting Lieutenant James Trathen, in company with U.S.S. New Berne, commanded by Acting Lieutenant T. A. Harris, captured and burned schooner G. O. Bigelow in ballast at Bear Inlet, North Carolina.

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The cavalry of James H. Wilson and some infantry led the Federal pursuit of Hood from Nashville. Hood managed to concentrate toward Columbia, encamping at Spring Hill. Skirmishing broke out between the Federals and Hood’s rear guard at Hollow Tree Gap, West Harpeth River, and Franklin. The firm Confederate stand enabled the rest of the army to withdraw through Franklin. Federal troops in southwest Virginia captured and destroyed several lead mines and fought skirmishes near Mount Airy and Marion. President Davis told Hardee at Savannah, Georgia that Lee was unable to detach troops from Virginia and that Hardee should make dispositions “needful for the preservation of your Army.” However, Gen Sherman now demanded surrender from Hardee.

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Union cavalry in Tennessee pursued Hood as far as Rutherford Creek, north of Columbia, which was found impassable. There was skirmishing at Spring Hill, Tennessee. The only other recorded fight was on Little River in New Madrid County, Missouri. Both North and South, hearing the news of Nashville, realized that it was a serious blow to Confederate hopes. At Savannah Gen Hardee refused Sherman’s surrender demand of Dec 17, but it was clear that the city must be evacuated before the escape route to the north was closed. Beauregard was with Hardee at the moment and urged evacuation at once, but Hardee seemed reluctant to leave. To the north, an immense Federal fleet sailed from Fort Monroe for Wilmington and Fort Fisher.

The Congress of the United States and the President engaged in continuing discussions concerning reconstruction of the seceded states. The schism between the Radicals and President Lincoln seemed to be increasing. President Davis wrote Sec of War Seddon that he opposed the plan to abolish conscription and substitute a rigid military organization. The Confederacy, he said, did not have time to experiment.

U.S.S. Louisiana, under Commander Rhind, arrived off Fort Fisher, having that day been towed from Beaufort, North Carolina, by U.S.S. Sassacus, commanded by Lieutenant Commander J. L. Davis, in company with Rear Admiral Porter and his fleet. Louisiana had been loaded with powder and was to be blown up as near Fort Fisher as possible in the hope of reducing or substantially damaging that formidable Confederate work. The day before, Porter had sent detailed instructions to Commander Rhind, adding: "Great risks have to be run, and there are chances that you may lose your life in this adventure; but the risk is worth the running, when the importance of the object is to be considered and the fame to be gained by this novel undertaking, which is either to prove that forts on the water are useless or that rebels are proof against gunpowder. . . . I expect more good to our cause from a success in this instance than from an advance of all the armies in the field." Rhind and his brave crew of volunteers proceeded in toward Fort Fisher towed by U.S.S. Wilderness, commanded by Acting Master Henry Arey, but finding the swells too severe, turned back. Major General Butler, seeing the worsening weather at Beaufort, asked Porter to postpone the attempt until the sea was calm enough to land his troops with safety.

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More skirmishing broke out at Rutherford and Curtis’ creeks, Tennessee. Federals tried unsuccessfully to cross the flooded Rutherford Creek north of Columbia. Hood hoped to be able to halt his retreat at Columbia, on the line of the Duck River. In the Shenandoah Valley both Early and Sheridan had sent troops to the Richmond-Petersburg front. Following Grant’s wishes, Sheridan now detached A.T.A. Torbert ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Tho ... es_Torbert ) with eight thousand cavalry toward the Virginia Central Railroad and Gordonsville, an expedition which lasted until Dec 23 with several skirmishes: at Madison Court House, Liberty Mills, and Gordonsville. Confederate defenders managed to hold off the Federals, who withdrew on the twenty-third. In the other direction in Virginia an expedition moved from Kernstown to Lacey’s Springs until Dec 22. In Arkansas there was a skirmish at Rector’s Farm. William Lowther Jackson, CSA, is appointed to Brigadier General. C.S.S. Water Witch, captured from the Union on 3 June, was burned by the Confederates in the Vernon River near Savannah, in order to prevent her capture by General Sherman's troops advancing on the city. U.S.S. Princess Royal, under Commander Melancthon B. Woolsey, captured schooner Cora off Galveston with cargo of cotton.

At Washington the President issued a call for 300,000 more volunteers to replace casualties.

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