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This Day in the American Civil War


December 9, 1861

On this day 150 years ago, a critical Congressional Committee was confirmed. The generals of the United States didn’t like being asked the demanding questions civilians were hurling at them.

But Congress passed legislation to create a body called the “Joint Committee” to call the generals to task on the “Conduct of the War”. Radical senators “were outraged by the disastrous Battle of Ball’s Bluff and determined to” pass on blame for the outcome.

Witnesses by the hundreds were summoned to testify during the course of the war. This generated testimony that explained in detail, greater than that found in the “Official Reports” on plans and execution of army operations.

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On this day the Union also suffered a defeat at Round Mountain. Chief Opothleyahola, leading Union forces, then retreated northeastward to safety.

The force was located at Chusto-Talash, also called Caving Banks on the Horseshoe Bend of Bird Creek. Colonel Douglas H. Cooper led 1,300 Confederates who attacked Chief Opothleyahola around two p.m.

For four hours, Cooper attacked, trying to outflank the Federals and finally drove them east. They crossed Bird Creek before dark.

Cooper did not pursue the Union forces because his troops were short on ammunition. But it was a decided Confederate victory.  

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Susan Macatee sets her stories of romance during and just after the American Civil War. Her passion for this period in American history also extends to the paranormal. You’ll find time travelers, ghosts, and vampires in the mix.

Her interest in the period stems from her years spent as a civilian Civil War reenactor, alongside her husband, who did the military side, with the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment for about ten years.

Visit Susan’s website for info on her stories of romance during and after the war.



  1. SO, the government started investigating those who command in the Civil War…how interesting. It doesn’t seem to have helped as they seem to still be interrogating the generals these days. Interesting as usual, Susan.

  2. Hi, Paisley! It seems people were unhappy with the progress of the war and wanted someone to blame. Things haven’t changed in that area, either.

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