Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Awakened this morning by a thunder shower.  It has proved to be a rainy disagreeable day.  The Burnside expedition so much talked of, which has been fitting out at Annapolis and sailed to Fortress Monroe has now left that place.  Its first destination has not been made public but is supposed to be some important point.

Peggy's comments:
General Burnside proposed to General McClellan that he take a naval expedition south to secure the coast of North Carolina.  McClellan approved of the plan, troops were staged at Annapolis and departed in January 1862.  There were 13,000 men on 80 vessels. 

Grand Review of  Burnside's Troops at Annapolis
from Harper's Weekly,  January 18, 1862

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