Tricounty News

This Week in the American Civil War: Aug. 17-23, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1864

Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early‘s troops pushed northward from Cedar Creek, Va., after Federal Major General Phil Sheridan’s withdrawing army. Sheridan had moved on to the Berryville area, leaving a rearguard at Winchester. In a sharp fight near Winchester, Federal cavalry held well and protected the main column.

In the Petersburg Campaign, Federal Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant indicated to President Abraham Lincoln of his desire to continue the siege of Petersburg without weakening his army.


This Week in the American Civil War: Aug. 10-16, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1864

Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early moved his Confederate forces southward in the Shenandoah Valley from Bunker Hill, W.V., to Winchester, Va. Federal Major General Phil Sheridan’s forces were marching south from the Halltown-Harper’s Ferry area.

Fighting occurred at Lovejoy’s Station, Ga.; Baldwin, Fla.; Tallahatchie River, Miss.; and near Stone Chapel, Va.

Three small Federal vessels suffered severely during a two-day duel with Southern artillery at Gaines’s Landing, Ark., on the Mississippi River.

The C.S.S. Tallahassee took seven prizes off of Sandy Hook, N.J.


They called me 'Teacher' Part 2

Stories of Minnesota country school teachers and students from 1915 to 1960


Excerpts used with the author’s permission

Part 2

My school District 126 north of Albany in Stearns County was called the Roesch School. One Sunday in 1910, my mother took me to the school to have my picture taken with my class. I was so scared. They were talking about “shooting a picture,” and since I spoke only German, I thought they were going to shoot me. I tried to hide behind the girls in front of me. The photographer took our picture with one of those old-time cameras, the ones with the cloth on top and you throw over your head to keep the light out. There were 83 kids in my school, we had just one teacher, Anton Theisen. We were all in one room. We sat two in one desk. The boys sat on one side of the room and the girls on the other. We didn’t know any English when we went to school. The teacher taught us in both English and German. I remember I had a German reading book. One time the teacher asked us to bring a newspaper from home to use as a napkin on our desks when we ate. Years back the ink on the paper did not come off. I asked the other students, “What is a newspaper?” I didn’t know the English word.


This Week in the American Civil War: Aug. 3-9, 1864


Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday August 3, 1864

Federal land forces landed on Dauphin Island and prepared to take Fort Gaines at the entrance to Mobile Bay. However, the fort remained in Confederate hands guarding the entrance from the west, along with Fort Morgan on the East.

In Georgia, Federal troops increased their pressure on Atlanta by crossing Utoy Creek and fighting at Sunshine Church, Frogtown, Jug Tavern and Mulberry Creek.

Federal Major General Phil Sheridan arrived in Washington, D.C. to take over the Army of the Shenandoah.


This Week in the American Civil War: July 27-Aug. 2, 1864


Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, July 27, 1864

After deciding to lay a partial siege to Atlanta, Federal Major General William T. Sherman sent out several cavalry expeditions to cut the railroads to the south of the city and to harass the Confederates.

Federal Major General Oliver Otis Howard assumed command of the Army of the Tennessee, succeeding Major General John A. Logan, who had temporarily succeeded Major General James B. McPherson, who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta.