- 13 Oct 2019 14:55
Wouldn’t you know, I forgot to hit the Submit key yesterday!
October 12, Saturday
On a rainy, stormy night off Charleston, South Carolina, the steamer Theodora evades the Federal blockaders and carries to Cuba two gentlemen whose names will soon be on every tongue. John Slidell of Louisiana has been named Confederate Commissioner to France and James Mason of Virginia Commissioner to Britain. Their main object is to obtain recognition of the Confederacy by the powers of Europe and to purchase military supplies. Their escape is soon reported in the North, and Secretary of State Seward, thinking they are on CSS Nashville, sets about to have the commissioners captured.
The new Confederate ironclad Manassas, aided by two armed steamers, heads down the Mississippi to challenge the Federal squadron near Head of Passes at the mouth of the Mississippi River. USS Richmond is rammed by Manassas and goes aground, as does Vincennes, but both finally are able to withdraw. For a brief spell the blockade is disrupted but not for long, although the incident is ignominious for the Federal Navy.
In other naval affairs the first ironclad of the US Navy, the gunboat St. Louis, is launched at Carondelet, Missouri. Federal Navy Secretary Welles writes that Bull’s Bay, St. Helena, Port Royal, South Carolina, and Fernandina, Florida, are being considered as fuel and supply depots on the Atlantic coast and that an expedition will soon be underway to seize one or more of them.
Jeff Thompson’s Southern raiders advance from Stoddard County in the Ironton area of Missouri, the start of operations which will last until October 25.
There are two days of skirmishes near Clintonville and the Pomme de Terre, Missouri. Skirmishing takes place near Upton’s Hill, Kentucky.
A pro-Union meeting is held in Hyde County, North Carolina.
October 13, Sunday
At Wet Glaize, also known as Dutch or Monday Hollow, near Henrytown, Missouri, sharp action results in dispersal of a Confederate party intent on raiding Federal communications between St. Louis and Springfield.
Another skirmish occurs at Cotton Hill, western Virginia.
Brigadier General Thomas Williams supersedes Brigadier General J.K.F. Mansfield in Federal command in North Carolina.
We are all ignorant, only in different ways, and no one is as ignorant as an educated man outside his own field.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.