—Pres. Lincoln and Gen Halleck arrive at the HQ for the Army of the Potomac at Falmouth, Virginia, soon after Hooker and his troops arrive there. In conference with Hooker, the President emphasizes that he does not blame anyone, but just wants the army to whip itself into shape for the next campaign—soon. Several corps commanders, notably Couch and Slocum, and perhaps Meade and Sedgwick, want Hooker to resign and someone else put in his place. Couch and Slocum want Meade, but Meade is less eager to pursue this. Lincoln writes to Hooker: "The recent movement of your army is ended without effecting its object. . . . What next? Have you already in your mind a plan wholly, or partially formed? If you have, prosecute it without interference from me. If you have not, please inform me, so that I, incompetent as I may be, can try [to] assist in the formation of some plan for the Army.
|Grant's Vicksburg Campaign|
—On this date, in Guiney Station, Virginia, General Stonewall Jackson, recovering from his amputation, contracts pneumonia, and Dr. McGuire begins to administer mustard plasters, warm blankets, and bleeding.
—In Mississippi, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sends his three corps on two roads, from Rocky Springs and Hankinson’s Ferry on a quick march toward Fourteen-Mile Creek. His aim is to cut and disrupt the supply lines to Vicksburg by taking the railroads and the state capital of Jackson, where the railroads all meet.
—Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, ever the dashing cavalier and "framed to make all women false" (Shakespeare, Othello), was sitting at his desk at his headquarters in Spring Hill, Tennessee, when Dr. James Bodie Peters came in and shot Van Dorn in the back of the head, because Van Dorn had been having an affair with his wife, Jessie. Although Dr. Peters is arrested for the shooting, he is never put on trial or convicted for the crime.
|Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, CSA -- R.I.P.|
—Sergeant Alexander G. Downing of the 11th Iowa Infantry Regiment in Grant’ army, writes in his journal about recent action in Mississippi, and longs for his rear-echelon regiment to go to the front:
—Osborne H. Oldroyd, of the Union Army, speculates on the regular devastation that visits the Southern people in the course of the war: