Monday, November 5, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1861

From Louisville, Kentucky, an increasingly frazzled Brig. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman writes Ohio Governor William Dennison to say of his force, “Never before has such a body of men [been] thrust headlong in to such danger” as they face in Kentucky. To Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas in Washington, he writes that “the future looks as dark as possible.” The hyperbole reflects a distraught mind, as even Sherman realizes. He hints to Thomas that he he is hoping to be relieved: “It would be better [if] some man of sanguine mind was here….”

In the Confederate States of America, voters elect Jefferson Davis to a six-year term as president of their “permanent” government. Until now, he had been serving provisionally. The CSA offered only one political party and no opposing candidate to Davis. There is little tolerance for dissent in the Confederacy.

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