Video: Strong's diary entry (at 1:31:08)
(Tuesday, December 31, 1861) — On the last day of 1861 during the American Civil War, George Templeton Strong, lawyer, founder of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and accomplished diarist, wrote: “Poor old 1861…. It has been a gloomy year of trouble and disaster. I should be glad of its departure, were it not that 1862 is likely to be no better.”
(Thursday, December 26, 1861) — Confederate diplomatic envoys James Mason and John Slidell were freed by President Abraham Lincoln today, heading off a possible war between the United States and Great Britain.
The two men were arrested after the USS San Jacinto intercepted the British mail packet RMS Trent near the Bahamas on November 8, 1861, as they were headed to London to lobby for recognition of the Confederacy, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US known as the Trent Affair during the American Civil War. Read more on Lincoln frees British diplomats, averts war between U.S. and Britain 150 years ago today (1861)…
Video: Sherman relieved (@ 1:29:52)
(Thursday, December 12, 1861) — Union General William Tecumseh today picked up a copy of the Cincinnati Daily Commercial and read, “General W.T. Sherman, late commander of the Department of the Cumberland, is insane. It appears that he was at times when commanding in Kentucky, stark mad…”
After other newspapers parroted the claim, Sherman, by his own admission, sank “into a perfect ‘slough of despond,” and even contemplated suicide.
Video: Sherman relieved (@ 1:29:28)
(Friday, November 15, 1861) — Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of the Department of the Cumberland, was replaced today by Don Carlos Buell at the head of the reorganized Department of Ohio after Secretary of War Cameron reported that Sherman required 200,000 men to finish the war in Kentucky during the American Civil War.
(Friday, November 8, 1861) — The USS San Jacinto stopped the United Kingdom mail ship Trent today and arrested two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US known as the Trent Affair during the American Civil War. Read more on Union intercepts British mail ship, triggering international crisis 150 years ago today (1861)…