Monday, May 9, 2011

Covert Confederate munitions arrive at St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri in 1859
  • At St. Louis, Missouri, Missouri Volunteer Militia officers meet a shipment of crates on board the steamer J.C. Swon at the St. Louis riverfront marked Tamoroa marble, and transport them to Camp Jackson, six miles inland. In mid-April, Governor Claiborne Jackson had sent two militia officers, Colton Green and Basil Duke, to President Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama, requesting artillery and mortars for an attack on the St. Louis Arsenal. The crates of Tamoroa marble shipped to the Missouri Volunteer Militia are in fact two 12 pound Howitzers, two 32 pound siege guns, five hundred muskets, and ammunition from assets seized from the Federal arsenal at Baton Rouge./1861
  • At Newport, Rhode Island, the USS Constitution and the steamer Baltic (which had been the main ship in the Fox Expedition to Fort Sumter), prepare to set up the U.S. Naval Academy which has been moved from Annapolis, Maryland, because of uncertainties there./1861 
  • While many on both sides have expected a short war and have called for volunteers for mere months, President Jefferson Davis today wisely and quietly signs a measure setting all future enlistments “for the duration of the war” rather than a set period of time. In other work today in Montgomery, Alabama, Davis dispatches James D. Bullock to Great Britain to purchase arms and vessels from the British for the Confederate cause./1861
  • The Federal blockade of Virginia precipitates and exchange of gunfire between the Federal vessel Yankee and Confederate batteries on shore at Gloucester Point, Virginia./1861
  • Texas State Militia captures United States troops at San Lucas Spring, Texas./1861

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