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The Civil War Month by Month: Jan 1864

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Civil War 150th anniversary

The Civil War 150th Anniversary

Interesting facts, links, and suggested books for each month of the Civil War.

January 1864

This Month's Events

  • 4 January Today's issue of the Carolina Watchman, Salisbury, North Carolina, is much concerned with foodstuffs. There is an indignant editorial about the government purchase of 30,000 bushels of corn to make whiskey. The editor calculates that this will make 90,000 gallons of whiskey -- more according to his figures than the hospitals need. A notice from a local official, J. S. McCubbin, to "The farmers of Rowan" says, "I am anxious to buy corn, wheat, flour, meal and bacon for the soldiers families of Rowan. Some of them are almost suffering and I have the money to pay market prices for these things and I do hope the Farmers of the county will give the poor soldiers families the preference." Meanwhile other advertisers, including buyers for the army, are looking for food to purchase.

  • 7 January. The Confederate Navy Yard in Charlotte, North Carolina is destroyed by an explosion and the resulting fire. The cause is undetermined.

  • 7 January. A soldier writes home to New York from Washington D. C.. "As for coming home, I Shall come if I live long enough. You mustn't look for me until you see me where you are." "Edwin R. Wakeman". However, Edwin is not Edwin, but Rosetta. For her letters see right.

  • 13 January. Nat Raymer of the 4th North Carolina, writing a letter to his local newspaper from winter camp in "cabins below Orange, Va.", makes a perhaps only partially tongue-in-cheek plead for letters. "Now that it is leap year once again, I think it just and proper that the ladies ought to be making some advances, at least so much as to "take their seats, pen in hand" occasionally and "drop us a few lines informing us" of their welfare, their wishes, and their future prospects. ... But we are flourishing, and if our fair friends would now make use of their privileges, and give us dissolving love epistles as they "orter" to help us drive away this oppressive ennui, we would get on much better."

  • At this time, Wilmington, North Carolina is the South's major port and one of the most important cities in the Confederacy. With an 1860 population of about 10,000, it has shipbuilding yards and ironworks. Situated 25 miles inland on the Cape Fear River and protected by strong defenses, Wilmington is a major Union frustration and goal.

This Month's Fiction

Adult Fiction

The Raiders: a novel of the Civil War at sea, by Willard M. Wallace, pub. 1970, 470 p. The ship on the stocks in England, dubbed the 290, will become the CSS Alabama, Confederate raider, the pride of the South and a major menace to the North. U. S. Navy lieutenant Scott Pettigrew is told to find out what exactly are the plans for the 290, an assignment that takes over his life for the rest of the war as he joins the crew of the Alabama on her dangerous journeys with his life at stake if he is discovered.

Young Adult Fiction

Children's Fiction

This Month's Non-Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Children's Nonfiction

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