“A Sunday Excursion”
When the Rebels came into range, the fort blasted away with its biggest gun, but, because of a problem with the ammunition, did no more than punch holes in the water. The gunboats’ smaller artillery could not reach the fort, either, and soon the Confederates reversed course, heading back to
The Union gunboat
At about this time, in winter quarters with the 23rd Ohio in Fayetteville, western Virginia, Lt. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes is reading some lectures on “The Military Science and Art” by Henry W. Halleck (“Old Brains”). Hayes is moved to the sarcasm typical of volunteer citizen-soldiers irritated by the arrogance of some professional soldiers. “
>>> As complaining, in and out of government, increases about Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s failure to take the Army of the Potomac in search of action, President Abraham Lincoln sends him a pointed memorandum: “If it were determined to make a forward motion of the Army of the Potomac, without awaiting further increase of member, or better drill & discipline, how long would it require to actually get in motion?”
If he only knew how long it will be….