Category Archives: 1862: In Their Words

1862: “Long And Rapid Marches”

May 26, 1862 Within four weeks this army has made long and rapid marches, fought six combats and two battles, signally defeated the enemy in each one, captured several stands of colors, and pieces of artillery, with numerous prisoners, and … Continue reading

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1862: “A Week Of Intense Excitement”

Danville, Va. May 17th, 1862 Saturday Morning …This has been a week of intense excitement all over our state & not the less so in this quiet town, for it has become so much of a rendezvous for refugees & … Continue reading

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1862: “Better Die Here…”

May 14th – Our army has fallen back to within four miles of Richmond. Much anxiety is felt for the fate of the city. Is there no turning point in this long lane of downward progress? Truly it may be … Continue reading

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1862: “Mud Took The Military Valor…”

…We encountered one of the most powerful allies of the enemy, particularly during the winter and spring campaigns in Virginia, – MUD. No country equals a Virginia road for mud. We struck it thick, and sometimes knee-deep. It was very … Continue reading

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1862: “The ‘Most Desperate Fight And Greatest Naval Achievement On Record’ “

New Orleans, April 27, 1862 We arrived here two days ago, after what was the ‘most desperate fight and greatest naval achievement on record,’ so every one says… [Describes running the ships through the fire of river forts] All this … Continue reading

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1862: “Hereby Authorized To Call Out And Place In The Military Service…”

April 16, 1862 An Act to further provide for the public defence [defense] In view of the exigencies of the country, and the absolute necessity of keeping in the service our gallant army, and of placing in the field a … Continue reading

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