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American Civil War Timeline 1861

Posted: 01/10/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011
Western Theater – click to enlarge map
Civil War Western Theater Battle Map
Easter Theater – click to enlarge map
Civil War Eastern Theater Battle Map

The History Of The Fall Of Fort Sumter: Being An Inside History Of The Affairs In South Carolina And Washington, 1860-61
The Conditions And Events In The South Which Brought On The Rebellion. The Genesis Of The Civil War and the Fall of Fort Sumter

December 18,1860The Crittenden Compromise

January 1861 — The South Secedes.
When Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president, the South Carolina legislature perceived a threat. Calling a state convention, the delegates voted to remove the state of South Carolina from the union known as the United States of America. The Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of six more states — Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas — and the threat of Secession by four more — Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. Ordinances of Secession

January 7 Speech of Tennessee Governor Isham G. Harris

January 9 Mississippi seceded from the Union.
January 10 – Florida seceded from the Union.
January 11 Alabama seceded from the Union. Speech of E.S. Dargan
January 19 Georgia seceded from the Union.
January 26 Louisiana seceded from the Union.
January 29 Kansas admitted to the Union.
February 1 Texas seceded from the Union.

February 1861– The South Creates a Government.
At a convention in Montgomery, Alabama, the seven seceding states created the Confederate Constitution, a document similar to the United States Constitution, but with greater stress on the autonomy of each state. Jefferson Davis was named provisional president of the Confederacy until elections could be held.

February 1861– The South Seizes Federal Forts.
When President Buchanan — Lincoln’s predecessor — refused to surrender southern federal forts to the seceding states, southern state troops seized them. At Fort Sumter, South Carolina troops repulsed a supply ship trying to reach federal forces based in the fort. The ship was forced to return to New York, its supplies undelivered.

March 4 1861– Lincoln’s Inauguration.
At Lincoln’s inauguration the new president said he had no plans to end slavery in those states where it already existed, but he also said he would not accept secession. He hoped to resolve the national crisis without warfare.

March 9Address of George Williamson to the Texas Secession Convention

March 11 1861– Confederate Constitution.

April 1861 — Attack on Fort Sumter.
When President Lincoln planned to send supplies to Fort Sumter, he alerted the state in advance, in an attempt to avoid hostilities. South Carolina, however, feared a trick. On April 10, 1861, Brig. Gen. Beauregard, in command of the provisional Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, demanded the surrender of the Union garrison of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

The Garrison commander Anderson refused. On April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort, which was unable to reply effectively. At 2:30 p.m., April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter, evacuating the garrison on the following day.

The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. Although there were no casualties during the bombardment, one Union artillerist was killed and three wounded (one mortally) when a cannon exploded prematurely when firing a salute during the evacuation.
From 1863 to 1865, the Confederates at Fort Sumter withstood a 22 month siege by Union forces. During this time, most of the fort was reduced to brick rubble. Fort Sumter became a national monument in 1948.

April 17 Virginia seceded from the Union.

April 25 Second Message of Isham Harris to the Tennessee Assembly

April 1861– Four More States Join the Confederacy.
The attack on Fort Sumter prompted four more states to join the Confederacy. With Virginia’s secession, Richmond was named the Confederate capitol.

May 6 Arkansas seceded from the Union.
May 18-19, 1861 Sewell’s Point
May 20 North Carolina seceded from the Union.

May 29-June 1, 1861 Aquia Creek
June 1861– West Virginia Is Born.
Residents of the western counties of Virginia did not wish to secede along with the rest of the state. This section of Virginia was admitted into the Union as the state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863.

June 1861– Four Slave States Stay in the Union.
Despite their acceptance of slavery, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri did not join the Confederacy. Although divided in their loyalties, a combination of political maneuvering and Union military pressure kept these states from seceding.

June 3, 1861 Philippi / Philippi Races
June 10, 1861 Big Bethel / Bethel Church
June 17, 1861 Boonville

July 2, 1861 Hoke’s Run / Falling Waters / Hainesville
July 5, 1861 Carthage
July 11, 1861 Rich Mountain
July 18, 1861 Bull Run / Blackburn’s Ford
July 21, 1861 First Manassas / First Bull Run

July First Battle of Bull Run.
Public demand pushed General-in-Chief Winfield Scott to advance on the South before adequately training his untried troops. Scott ordered General Irvin McDowell to advance on Confederate troops stationed at Manassas Junction, Virginia. McDowell attacked on July 21, and was initially successful, but the introduction of Confederate reinforcements resulted in a Southern victory and a chaotic retreat toward Washington by federal troops.

July 1861– General McDowell Is Replaced.
Suddenly aware of the threat of a protracted war and the army’s need for organization and training, Lincoln replaced McDowell with General George B. McClellan.

July – November — A Blockade of the South.
To blockade the coast of the Confederacy effectively, the federal navy had to be improved. By July, the effort at improvement had made a difference and an effective blockade had begun. The South responded by building small, fast ships that could outmaneuver Union vessels. On November 7, 1861, Captain Samuel F. Dupont’s warships silenced Confederate guns in Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard. This victory enabled General Thomas W. Sherman’s troops to occupy first Port Royal and then all the famous Sea Islands of South Carolina.

August 10, 1861 Wilson’s Creek / Oak Hills

August 21 — Confederate Assignments
Brig General Roswell S. Ripley CS Army Assigned to command of the Dept. South Carolina
Brig General John B. Grayson CS Army assigned to command of Dept of Middle and East Florida

August 26, 1861 Kessler’s Cross Lanes
August 28-29, 1861 Hatteras Inlet Batteries / Fort Clark / Fort Hatteras

September 2, 1861 Dry Wood Creek / Battle of the Mules
September 10, 1861 Carnifex Ferry
September 12-15 1861 Cheat Mountain Summit
September 13-20, 1861 Lexington / Battle of the Hemp Bales
September 17, 1861 Liberty / Blue Mills Landing
September 19, 1861 Barbourville

October 3, 1861 Greenbrier River / Camp Bartow
October 9, 1861 Santa Rosa Island
October 21, 1861 Camp Wildcat / Wildcat Mountain
October 21, 1861 Fredericktown
October 21, 1861 Ball’s Bluff / Leesburg
October 25, 1861 Springfield / Zagonyi’s Charge

October 29 — Sherman Moves
The Sherman Expedition sails from Hampton Roads Virginia

November 7, 1861 Belmont
November 8-9, 1861 Ivy Mountain / Ivy Creek / Ivy Narrows
November 19, 1861 Round Mountain

December 9, 1861 Chusto-Talasah / Caving Banks
December 13, 1861 Camp Allegheny / Allegheny Mountain
December 20, 1861 Dranesville
December 26, 1861 Chustenahlah
December 17, 1861 Rowlett’s Station / Woodsonville / Green River
December 28, 1861 Mount Zion Church


The Great Dictator

Posted: 01/10/2010 by Lynn Dartez in CFP

By Editor  Sunday, January 10, 2010

imageFor all his faults, and he certainly had many of them, Bill Clinton understood people. His politics were dirty, but they were a common sort of dirt. For all his egotism, venality and corruption; Bill Clinton understood what Obama does not, that power comes from the people. It was this more than anything else that gave him his teflon coating, that let him dodge scandal after scandal. The media was mostly on his side, but unlike Obama, Clinton knew better than to rely on them too much. The media might help shape his image, but in the end it was the public that would pass judgment on it.

This was what allowed him to survive the downturn in his own party’s fortunes, to keep cutting deal after deal long after his position seemed hopeless. When the polls turned on a policy, Clinton abandoned it. When the Republicans came out with a program, Clinton co-opted it. He had no shame, no morals and no principles. But despite his inflated self-image and grandiosity, he understood that he couldn’t go it alone. That was why he never sacrificed popularity to politics.

By contrast Obama’s first year has demonstrated all too well that he has no understanding of people. His quick rise to the top, his lack of real campaign experience, and the wild adulation that his backers cultivated for him insured that he wouldn’t. Unlike Clinton’s sense of invulnerability which came from poor judgment, Obama’s sense of invulnerability comes from his failure to understand that every day there is a quiet public referendum in millions of American homes on his performance.

Like so many dictators, Obama has gone on leaning on his media crutch, certain that a constant stream of propaganda is all that’s really needed to keep the public in line. And when it failed to work, his only response was bafflement. The product of a digital campaign, Obama and his people see the media as as the ultimate tool, failing to understand that it is only one of many channels to the voters. And while the media daze has made Obama seem omnipresent, it has also made him seem distant and out of touch.

But there is a reason that Obama is where he is, that a man and his staff who can only think in top down ways, who manipulate and scheme constantly, are where they are. The Democratic did not want another Clinton, they didn’t want someone who would make compromises and cut deals. They wanted tyranny and they still want it.

The cry of the left against Obama is directed against his failure to go far enough. Why haven’t US troops already withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan? Why wasn’t Gitmo closed instantly? Why wasn’t the public option passed? That these things weren’t feasible is something they don’t want to hear. Feasible is for democracies. The man they elected was just supposed to do everything they wanted, no matter what.

Obama was the perfect icon for the liberal will to power

And so newspaper editorials demand that a public option. They demand cap and trade. They demand tyranny. The madness of the same people who denounced Bush as a tyrant clamoring for Obama to do whatever is necessary to push through measures that the public opposes and that would never get through the Senate is the sheerest hypocrisy. But their arrogance doesn’t stop there. Andrew Sullivan wants Obama to bring peace to Israel by invading it. The New York Times wants Obama to bring on universal health care by taxing everyone to pay for it. There is no room for a middle ground. No room for humility or democracy. Just get it done, is the new motto.

And in retrospect, Obama was the perfect icon for the liberal will to power. The vague reality distorting haze surrounding him, the sense of the unreal pervading his public appearances. Liberals did not want an LBJ, who would get things done through horse trading and back room dealing. They wanted a resurrected JFK, a mythical figure to settle everything through diktat, not democracy.

Obama’s unnaturalness, his two faced Janus routine, a fixed grin on one side of his head and a cool contemptuous facade on the other, and his great vagueness, made him the great dictator that liberals wanted so badly to overturn eight years of Bush. And for all that they had accused the Republicans of being irresponsible, arrogant and corrupt—they couldn’t wait to be irresponsible, arrogant and corrupt on a truly epic scale.
The unreality of Barack, his soaringly empty rhetoric and carefully calculated symbolism, cloaked their ambition and lust for power in borrowed grandiosity. But underneath it was the same old politics of Clinton’s day, but completely unrestrained by political realities. Their health care project was not the work of a party that understood people anymore. It was the work of a party that blindly invited a wide backlash, without understanding how or why. And it was the doing of a leader who almost single-handedly helped revive Republican populism by his very presence.

And now the left is disappointed because Obama hasn’t been quite the Great Dictator they imagined. Because as detached as he may be, he still needs to cut deals and adhere to some notion of political reality. Obama may not understand people. He may be arrogant beyond measure and contemptuous of democracy—but even he has a firmer grasp on reality than many of his high profile supporters. Who want what amounts to a tyranny, right now… and throw childish tantrums when told that they have to wait a little longer.

For anyone who thought that the left had shown itself at its most deranged during 8 years of Bush, are now being treated to the dementia of a left in power, denied absolute power.

Petition to recall LA Senator Mary Landrieu

Posted: 01/10/2010 by Lynn Dartez in Feds

January 08, 2010

Clarice Feldman
The blog And So It Goes in Shreveport notes that a petition to recall Senator Mary Landrieu has been accepted  for filing by the Louisiana Secretary of State. Citizens have 180 days to file enough signatures to get this on a ballot:

Via Caught Him With a Corndog, there is an active petition to recall Senator Mary Landrieu:

“On Dec. 29, a recall petition was filed by Ruben Leblanc of New Iberia, for the recall of Mary Landrieu. Sec. of State Jay Darden stated that he WILL accept the filing.”

Kinda like chicken fried bacon, this limited time offer won’t last. Citizens have 180 days starting Dec. 29 so get with it today if you would like to see Me-ry “Louisiana Purchase” Landrieu hit the bricks before her service is up.

Go here for details and here to see the case for a recall.

If the story reported by The Dead Pelican this weekend holds true, that she used her vote for Obamacare to bargain for national democratic support for her brother’s mayoral campaign, I’d say more than a recall is in order. We’re keeping our eyes on that story and will update accordingly.

The blog Caught Him with a Corndog first broke the story and has a follow up to it  :

Per citizen filer Ruben T. LeBlanc, there will be an open meeting at the Freedom Forum on Thursday January 7th in Lafayette to discuss the recall of Mary “Gimme dem dollars” Landrieu.

Some background on Ruben LeBlanc: He is a 51 year old construction and oil field worker with no political background who has decided “enough is enough”. As of 14:21 December 29, 2009 Ruben LeBlanc filed a petition with the Secretary of the State of Lousiana, Jay Dardenne, to formally recall U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

The citizens of Louisiana are granted the authority to perform a recall election by  Section 26 of Article 10 of the Louisiana Constitution.

“10. If the recall passes, the public officer is recalled and removed from office and the office is declared vacant when the election returns are certified to the Secretary of State. The vacancy is then filled as usual. The recalled official cannot be appointed to fill the vacancy.”

Volunteers are needed at

Man tries to recall Landrieu Thanks Longknife

Posted: 01/10/2010 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

Ruben is one of my group leaders. They are stating  this because the last time someone tried they did not get enough signatures.  We are still moving forward on this issue. Will not be told we can not do it.  Waiting for the big dogs to start barking first. Then we will see what happens.

Lynn Dartez

BATON ROUGE — A New Iberia man’s drive to recall U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is useless since there’s no provision in state or federal laws or constitutions that allows it, says Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.

Ruben T. Leblanc, of 505 Wiltz St. Lot No. 4 in New Iberia, properly filed a recall petition with the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday, but it was rejected Tuesday as being invalid because there’s no legal way to recall a congressman or U.S. senator, Dardenne said.

The recall process stops there because Dardenne said he could not mail copies of an invalid petition to registrars of voters across the state to certify signatures. He discussed his decision with Leblanc this week and sent a letter citing his reasons and a copy of an attorney general’s ruling on recalling federal officials.

Dardenne based his decision on a 2008 opinion issued by Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell when a Jefferson Parish man wanted to recall U.S. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao.

Caldwell said research found that only the respective bodies of Congress can decide on the suitability of its members and remove them. The Louisiana Constitution provision on recalls applies only to state and local officials.