Category Archives: 1862: In Their Words

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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1862: “The Fight At Shiloh”

[Author’s Note: Although this letter was written later in the month, we include it here as a Confederate perspective on the Battle of Shiloh.] Memphis, Tenn. April 26th  My dear sweet Wife, …You are no doubt uneasy and anxious to … Continue reading

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1862: “No Equal On This Continent”

Pittsburg, Ten. April 8th 1862. Dear Julia, Again another terrible battle has occurred in which our arms have been victorious. For the number engaged and the tenacity with which both parties held on for two days, during an incessant fire … Continue reading

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1862: “You Must Act”

Washington, April 9, 1862 Major General McClellan. My dear Sir. Your dispatches complaining that you are not properly sustained, while they do not offend me, do pain me very much… …After you left, I ascertained that less than twenty thousand … Continue reading

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1862: “A New Era In Warfare”

London, April 4, 1862 The late military successes have given us a season repose. People are changing their notions of the power of the country to meet such a trial, which is attended with quite favorable consequences to use in … Continue reading

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