Sunday, May 8, 2011

Aquia Creek fortified; Lincoln stops munitions

    The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Rail...Image via Wikipedia
    R, F, & P Railroad train leaving Richmond
  • On the Chesapeake Bay, Major Thomas H. Williamson of the Virginia Militia's engineers begin construction on fortifications at the Aquia Creek landing to protect the northern terminus of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad at the landing, from Union forces./1861
  • President Lincoln orders the head of customs on the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, to stop the shipment of ammunition to the seceded states./1861
  • The relationship between government and the press has always been tenuous. An editorial in the Richmond Examiner has created much consternation by suggesting several days ago that the Confederacy needs “a dictator” to win its war for independence. Bowing to government pressure, today’s editorial in the Examiner promises not to publish any information on military movements or activities, lest it give help to the enemy. Perhaps the Examiner got its dictator idea from the rail-splitting emperor in Washington, but without a doubt the Examiner’s promise lasts no longer than it took to deliver today’s paper./1861

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