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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 3: political affairs.--Riots in New York.--Morgan's raid North of the Ohio. (search)
hat the turning point in the war had been reached, and that the victories of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, occurring simultaneously in widely-separated regions of the Republic, were sure prophecies of the ultimate and perhaps speedy suppression of the rebellion. And so the President, as the representative of the Government and of the faith and patriotism of the loyal people of the country, called upon the latter, in a public proclamation, July 15, 1863. to set apart a time in the near future, Aug. 6. to be observed as a day for National thanksgiving, praise, and prayer, to Almighty God, for the wonderful things he had done in the nation's behalf, and to invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit, to subdue the anger which has produced and so long sustained a needless and cruel rebellion; to change the hearts of the insurgents; to guide the counsels of the Government with wisdom adequate to so great a national emergency, and to visit with tender care and consolation, throughout the length a
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
the Confederate squadron was destroyed, but Farragut's work was not done. There stood the forts guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay, almost unharmed, with full armaments and garrisons. These must be captured before the object of the expedition would be accomplished. To that business the Admiral now addressed himself, after sending the wounded of both parties to Pensacola, on the Metacomet. General Granger was on Dauphin Island, and had begun the siege of Fort Gaines. Farragut sent August 6. the Chickasaw to help him. She shelled the Fort with such effect that, on the following morning, August 7. Col. Anderson, its commander, asked for conditions on which he might surrender. The frightened garrison at Fort Powell, at Grant's Pass, had abandoned that Fort, and blew up the works, as far as possible, on the night after the capture of the Tennessee. they fled in such haste, that they left the guns behind them. Aware of this, and seeing, the National fleet in full possession of