Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1863
Federal signalmen observed unusual movement in the Confederate army along the Rapidan River in Virginia and skirmishing flared at Hazel River and at Utz’s and Mitchell’s fords.
Skirmishing also occurred at Farmington, Blue Springs and Sims’s Farm near Shelbyville, Tenn.; near Warsaw, Mo.; Evening Shade and Ferry’s Ford, Ark.; in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory; and at Charles Town and Summit Point, W.V.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1863
It was a quiet day, even though fighting broke out near James City and along Robertson’s River, Va., and near Chattanooga, Tenn.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Atlanta and praised Georgia’s war effort, eulogizing the patriotism of troops. He was greeted by cheers.
Major highlights for the week
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1863
Skirmishes occurred at Cotton Port Ford, Tenn., along with Neersville and Woodville, Va., plus the destruction of a Confederate salt works at Back Bay, Va. Mild bombardment of Fort Sumter continued in Charleston Harbor.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 1863
In cavalry operations around Chattanooga, Tenn., Major General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate forces fought at Mountain Gap near Smiths’s Crossroads, and also captured a large Federal wagon train. From Nashville, President Abraham Lincoln was informed that all the 11th and part of the 12th Corps en route to the Chattanooga area had passed through the Tennessee capital.
In Virginia, investigations and skirmishing occurred near Culpeper Courthouse, Auburn and Lewisville. Fighting also broke out at Elizabethtown, Ark., and near Harper’s Ferry, W.V.
Reprinted from the Tri-County News April 19, 2001.
Communication in Maine Prairie was very limited. One news source was the St. Cloud newspaper that was delivered by the stagecoach as it passed through town. The other was a single telephone that was located several miles out of town in a private home where all calls were made and/or received.
The first franchise for a telephone company in Kimball was made in 1905. The original owner is not currently known. Phillip Vollmen purchased the company in 1913, and operated it for several years. In 1917, he sold it to J.W. Johnson, who owned and operated it until 1928, when he sold it to Henry Steckleberg.
Stearns History Museum is presenting their October Breakfast Club from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. The presenter is John Decker, Director of Archives at the museum. John will give a PowerPoint presentation on how some of Cold Spring’s structures and institutions have survived and thrived, or may have fallen by the wayside since the mid 1940s. First presented in October 2008, Cold Spring residents and the casual observer will be surprised with the amount of change that has occurred in just the last five years.
This event is free to members, non-members $5.
Major Highlights for the Week
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1863
In Washington, President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and other cabinet officials and military officers discussed relieving Major General William Rosecrans at Chattanooga, Tenn. They agreed to send the Army of the Potomac’s 11th and 12th Corps under command of Major General Joseph Hooker.
Skirmishing occurred around Chattanooga at Summertown and Lookout Mountain. In the East Tennessee Campaign, skirmishing flared at the Federally held Cumberland Gap.
Major General George E. Pickett was assigned to command the Confederate Department of North Carolina.