Tricounty News

This Week in the American Civil War: May 18-24, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 18, 1864

The days of comparative quiet around Spotsylvania, Virginia ended when two Federal corps led a dawn assault on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s left flank, dug in new entrenchments. The Federals charged several times without success. Major General George G. Meade, Army of the Potomac commander, ordered the drive abandoned. After further shifts by the Federals to probe the lines, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant decided that the enemy was too strong to be defeated in his present position, and once more started moving to his own left to attempt to get around Lee’s right flank.

Fighting occurred at Fosters’s Plantation and near City Point (present day Hopewell), Va., as Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard fended off attacks by Major General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James from their base of operations at Bermuda Hundred landing.

In Alabama, skirmishing broke out at Fletcher’s Ferry and in Pike County, Ky., along the Wolf River.


American Legion is 95

Happy 95th birthday to American Legions of the nation!

Purpose with action

The American Legion has become the most successful of all veterans’ organizations because it has combined a high purpose with resolute action.

The justification for the existence of any organized group is measured by what it stands for and what it does. In these two respects, the American Legion is tops. It is built around the ideal of the preservation of the free institutions of America.


More on the Kimball Community Club Part 2

Reprinted from  the Tri-County News Feb. 22, 2001.

Text from St. Cloud Daily Journal-Press, March 20, 1928.

“Soon after the Community Club was organized, a committee was appointed which found 12 members interested in recreation for children. The result being, they bought a good second-hand merry-go-round. They reasoned that where children are found, their parents would be also. The merry-go-round is stored in the pavilion, and on celebration days is set up and operated at a charge of 5¢ a ride. These 12 men have long since received their money back, and continue to operate the merry-go-round for the amusement of the children of the community.

“The past summer, the Legion members of the community built a building on the grounds at a cost of $3,000 and dedicated it as the Legion Pavilion. Programs and dances are held frequently. The hall and grounds are policed by Legion members, who allow no liquor on the grounds, and maintain conditions so that parents of the community can safely let their children go there for amusement and recreation.


This Week in the American Civil War: May 11-17, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 11, 1864


Six miles north of Richmond at a place called Yellow Tavern, Confederate Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart and his cavalry faced Federal Major General Philip Sheridan’s cavalry force. In a sharp, helter-skelter encounter, Stuart fell from his horse and was mortally wounded. Sheridan’s men drove back Stuart’s troops but the engagement gave the Confederates time to strengthen the defenses of Richmond.


Civil War digest May 4-10, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 4, 1864

Soon after midnight, the Federal Army of the Potomac moved out from its position north of the Rapidan River in Virginia to start upon the memorable Overland Campaign. It was the beginning of the big Federal push in Virginia that culminated in the siege of Petersburg and finally to the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s forces at Appomattox Courthouse 11 months later. By late in the day, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant had 122,000 Federal troops present for duty, with the Second Corps, Fifth Corps and Sixth Corps across the river via Germanna and Culpeper Mine fords, with the Ninth Corps coming up. Grant moved quickly around Lee’s right flank where his troops were met by 66,000 Confederates rushed up from the Orange Court House-Gordonville area to meet them.

Federal Major General William T. Sherman prepared to put his 98,000-strong army into motion from the Chattanooga, Tenn., area towards Atlanta.