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US Navy Naval Historical Center: USS Essex, a 1000-ton ironclad river gunboat, was converted in stages from the steam ferry New Era. Originally constructed at New Albany, Indiana, in 1856, the ship was purchased in September 1861 by the U.S. Army for its Western Gunboat Flotilla. Modified into a 355-ton "timberclad" gunboat, and retaining the [...]

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Engagement at Charles City--Explosion of the Boiler of the Mound City--Terrible Loss of Life--Total Defeat of the Rebels. Memphis, June 19.--An expedition, composed of the gun-boats St. Louis, Lexington, Conestoga and Mound City, with transports carrying the Forty-third and Forty-sixth Indiana Regiments, under Colonel Fitch, was sent hence some days since to remove the obstructions [...]

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From Wikipedia: (In June 1862), the (Federal) Army of the Southwest under Major General Samuel R. Curtis had been operating in the interior of Arkansas. Curtis believed that Confederate forces of the Trans-Mississippi Department were gathering to attack him. Fearing that he would be cut off, he requested that communications be established between his army [...]

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Bayonet Charge at Secessionville, SC, June 16, 1862 – Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper Click on image to view larger version.  The Battle of Secessionville. (from The days of the Swamp Angel by Mary Hall Leonard, 1914) Since the taking of Port Royal the United States had gradually gained possession of nearly all the Sea Islands [...]

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(click on image to view larger version) Two ships named Daniel Webster were used as hospital transports by the U. S. Sanitary Commission.  They were referred to as Daniel Webster No. 1 and Daniel Webster No. 2. While this ship was used during the War as a transport, it was under the name of Expounder [...]

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Daily Times [Leavenworth, Ks], December 14, 1861 A long train of emigrant wagons reached St. Louis on Saturday morning, composed of about fifty families from Ozark county, Missouri, who have been driven from their homes by Price's army.—The Republican says that on reaching Market street, between Fourth and Fifth, and the levee, the train halted, [...]

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Daily Times [Leavenworth, Ks], December 13, 1861 We rather like the new order of things that has been inaugurated by the Commandant of "all the troops in Kansas," and is so well carried out by the ever-popular Major of the "bloody Second," W. F. Cloud. Nothing so soon creates disorder, or is more prolific of [...]

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Daily Times [Leavenworth, Ks], December 10, 1861 [Correspondence of the Times] Mound City, Dec. 4, 1861. Editor Times: The people of Southern Kansas are growing weary with excitement. Rumors of gathering peril are flying from house to house, and from town to town, thus creating a state of chronic alarm. And, when it is remembered, [...]

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Standard [Clarksville], Tx, November 16, 1861 Several wagons arrived this week from Texas with goods for New Orleans. Merchants from the city have been making large purchases here for shipment. Unless our planters start their spinning wheels and looms at once, they will be unable to purchase any clothing for themselves or their negroes.—Cad. Gaz.

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Arkansas True Democrat [Little Rock], November 14, 1861 Fort Smith, Nov. 1st, 1861. Messrs. Johnson & Yerkes— Gentlemen—Having left Gen. McCulloch's headquarters on Monday, 28th ult., I send you all the information in regard to their movement that I could obtain in the short time I remained in that section. . . . I met [...]

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Standard [Clarksville], Tx, November 2, 1861 Head Quarters 2nd Texas Cavalry, } Oct. 16th, 1861. } Dear Standard— The Red River Company will be mustered into the Confederate Services tomorrow, and as our destination is Missouri, it is the opinion of those acquainted with the Climate that good warm clothes will be quite a necessary [...]

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