Tricounty News

Civil War digest: March 9-15, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, March 9, 1864

The President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in the presence of his Cabinet, officially handed Ulysses S. Grant his commission as lieutenant general. In the brief White House ceremony, both Lincoln and Grant uttered perfunctory remarks. Grant then discussed in private, his plans for future operations, with the president.

Thursday, March 10, 1864

Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant was given the official authority to take command of the Armies of the United States, but the general himself had already left for Virginia to meet with Major General George G. Meade with the Army of the Potomac. The generals discussed the position, condition and future of the army, and worked out their relationship to each other. Grant expected himself to be in the field with his army commander.

Federal Major General Franz Sigel superseded Brigadier General Benjamin F. Kelley in command of the Federal Department of West Virginia.

Confederate raiders hit Clinton and Mayfield, Ky., while skirmishing broke out near Charles Town and Kabletown, W.V.


Civil War digest March 2-8, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, March 2, 1864

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Ulysses Grant as lieutenant general.

Federal Colonel Ulric Dahlgren led his cavalry into a Confederate ambush at Mantapike Hill between King and Queen Court House and King Williams Court House in Virginia. During the night, Dahlgren fell into the trap and was killed and more than a hundred of his cavalrymen were captured.

Having acted as a decoy during Kilpatrick’s raid, Brigadier General George A. Custer returned to Union lines from his own fairly successful raid in the Albemarle area of Virginia.


Pioneer life in Stearns County (part 1 of 2)

Text is from the Tri-County Messenger for 1937. The newspaper was loaned to the Kimball Area Historical Society by Ruth Brower.

Reprinted from the Tri-County News March 6, 2003.

We find that the majority of pioneers around the St. Cloud area were natives of Europe. Many of them left as young men and women to find their fortune and happiness in this new America. Those of Germany and Sweden left in many cases to escape military training that was compulsory in those countries.

The trip across the ocean seems to be an incident in their lives that is not easily forgotten, especially as the trip required from two weeks to three months, depending on the weather and the type of ship the passengers happened to have. One pioneer states, “My mother and father were on the sea two months. At one time the ship was becalmed for seven days and they almost gave up reaching America.”


March 8: Historic Homes of Minnesota

Photographer Doug Ohman will present “Living the Dream – Historic Homes of Minnesota” at the Annandale Public Library 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 8. Ohman’s presentation about many of Minnesota’s most elegant homes is for adults. He will share the stories and personalities that are associated with these historic treasures. Ohman is the photographer of the Minnesota Byways series of coffee-table books that includes “Courthouses Of Minnesota,” “Barns Of Minnesota,” and “Cabins Of Minnesota.” This presentation is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact the Annandale library at (320) 274-8448.


Civil War Digest Feb. 24-March 1, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1864

Confederate General Braxton Bragg was charged with the conduct of military operations in the Armies of the Confederacy, thus becoming in effect, chief-of-staff. Bragg, though still controversial, still enjoyed the trust of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, but his reputation had suffered from his defeat at Missionary Ridge and the constant conflicts with his generals.

The U.S. Senate passed a measure to revive the rank of lieutenant general, with Major General Ulysses Grant being clearly in mind. President Abraham Lincoln approved an act of Congress to compensate every Union master whose slaves enlisted in the Army, with the sum not to exceed $300 and the volunteer was to become free. The act also increased bounties for volunteers, redefined quota credits, increased penalties for draft resistance, subjected Negroes to the draft, provided that those who opposed bearing arms for religious reasons should be assigned non-combatant tasks with freedmen or in hospitals, and gave the President authority to call for such men as required.