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Slow Day in the Civil War

150 years ago today, May 24, 1863, seems to have been a slow day in the Civil War. That day both sides took a much needed pause. Although Vicksburg was currently under Union siege, no attacks were launched. Port Hudson in Mississippi was isolated from Confederate control, but the port was otherwise intact.

Under Rosecrans, the Union army in Tennessee cared for their sick and wounded and rested the troops; meanwhile the Confederates, under Bragg, dispersed to Sparta, Wartrace and Tullahoma.

The only aggressions happened in Austin, Mississippi. The town was burned by angry Union troops after their boat had been fired on.



4 Responses

  1. I am thinking a slow day is a good day, right? I look at those uniforms and wonder if they were comfortable or not. Can’t imagine having only one, maybe two changes of clothes as I sit here listening to my washing machine do my hard work.

  2. Well, that’s hard to say, Paisley, since most of the men complained of boredom when not engaging the enemy. And washing clothes really wasn’t a priority back then as clothes were worn over and over to prevent the wear and tear washing inflicted on them. I think they had more changes of underwear than outer clothing. lol

  3. Thanks goodness there were a few of those days. Wish there could have been more.

  4. Hi, Barbara! And yes, I think early in the war, the men did complain of boredom, but it beat the later years when the battles just kept on and on until the bitter end.

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