Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 26, 1864

January 26, 1864

---In East Tennessee, Sturgis’ cavalry is sparring with Confederates as both armies compete for forage in the already-stripped area.  Rebel cavalry under Morgan and Armstrong taps at Sturgis’ positions, but do not push hard.  Sturgis sends a dispatch to Gen. Foster in Knoxville, asking for reinforcements.

---On this evening, a reception is held at the White House in Washington, D.C.  The Washington National Republican reports that 8,000 people went through the reception line and shook hands with the President.  “The President looks in better health than ever.”

---Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles writes in his diary of a former slave belonging to Jefferson Davis:

January 26, Tuesday. Stanton tells some curious matters of Jeff Davis, derived from Davis’s servant, who escaped from Richmond. The servant was a slave, born on Davis’s plantation. Mrs. Davis struck him three times in the face, and took him by the hair to beat his head against the wall. At night the slave fled and after some difficulty got within our lines. He is, Stanton says, very intelligent for a slave and gives an interesting inside view of Rebel trials and suffering.

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