A no-frills day-by-day account of what was happening 150 years ago, this blog is intended to be a way that we can experience or remember the Civil War with more immediacy, in addition to understanding the flow of time as we live in it.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
June 8, 1864
---The National Union Party, a coalition party of
Republicans and pro-war Democrats, convened in Balitmore yesterday.Today, by a large majority, they nominate
Abraham Lincoln for President.In an
unusual move, however, they do not re-nominate Vice President Hannibal Hamlin,
but Andrew Johnson of Tennessee (currently governor of Tennessee) for Vice
--Gen. Sherman strengthens his position on the Western and
Atlantic railroad, but feels restrained by the vast resources he must expend to
guard his ever-lengthening supply line.Still
smarting from large losses at the battles of Dallas, Ezra Church, and Pickett’s
Mill, the Federals use maneuver and the weight of numbers to outflank the
Rebels; in nearly every case, it has failed.
---Meanwhile, at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, far behind Union
lines, Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his Confederate raiders captures the Union
garrison there, and appropriate $18,000.00 from the local bank.
---Charles H. Lynch, of the 18th Connecticut Vol.
Infantry, writes in his diary of the campaign in the Valley with Gen. Hunter,
after the Battle of Piedmont:
June 8th. Again routed out
early. Into line on the march through town to continue our work of destruction.
Piling up ties, place the rails on top, set fire to the ties. When the rails
become hot in the center, they warp or bend, making them useless. The march out
of town, along the railroad, destroying it, makes very hard work for us, as we
put in a long day, and not very much food. We manage to pick up some corn meal
and a little flour, which we make into pan-cakes, called by the boys, ToeJam.
Some of the boys received bruises and jams in the work on the railroad. There
is much kicking over the hard work.
In camp tonight, talking over
the events of the day, wondering what the morrow has in store for us. Many
buildings and much property in town have been destroyed by fire, by order of
General Hunter. Many of the women look sad and do much weeping over the
destruction that is going on. We feel that the South brought on the war and the
State of Virginia is paying dear for her part. The loss of our good boys brings
us many sad hours. We cannot help think, and wonder who will be the next one to
give his life for our country.
---In Georgia, as part of Sherman’s campaign to take
Marietta on the way to Atlanta, Sergeant Alexander Downing, of the 11th
Iowa Infantry, writes in his journal:
Wednesday, 8th—We moved forward
early this morning, marching twelve miles to the little town of Ackworth, where
we went into camp. We are now with Sherman’s army, our corps being placed on
the left in front of Atlanta. Our front is about twenty-five miles north of the
city, while my division is back about ten miles farther. Sherman’s forces now
number about one hundred and fifty thousand men and it is thought that the
rebels under Johnston have seventy-five thousand. Our army, in the main, is
lying still today, though there is some skirmishing in the front. The rebels
have fallen back about ten miles. The health of our men is excellent; they are
in fine spirits and anxious for a fight.