On November 2, Union naval forces tried again to neutralize
which guarded the approaches to the vital Southern ,
GA. This was one of several bombardments
that took place until the fort was finally subdued in 1864. port of Savannah
Also on that day, General Grant began the first campaign to capture
Vicksburg, entering the towns of La Grange and on the 4th. Grand
After the Confederate defeat at bloody
Union General McClellan failed to follow up the battle by pursuing and possibly
destroying Lee’s army. On November 5th,
McClellan paid the price for that lapse, along with many others, when Lincoln relieved him of the command of the Union Army of
November 6th saw the official election of Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens to lead the Confederacy. James Longstreet and Stonewall Jackson were also promoted to Lieutenant General (3 stars) that day.
The next day, the Union Army of the
was given it’s new commander when Ambrose Burnside was appointed by President
On November 8th, Union General Benjamin Butler was relieved of duty in
due to his brutal treatment of the citizenry.
Nathaniel Banks, the loser at Second Manassas, was appointed in his
place. New Orleans
On November 15th, the first indications of strife within the Confederate administration emerged when Secretary of War George Randolph resigned.
was incensed at President Davis’
insistence on running the war himself. Randolph
One of Burnsides’ divisions under Sumner arrived on the north bank of the
James Seddon became the new Secretary of War for the CSA on November 21st.
On the 24th, Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, assumed command of the Department of the West.
The Battle of Cane Hill, AR was fought on November 28th when a Southern force under General John S. Marmaduke moved north attempting to retake ground lost during the Pea Ridge battle earlier in the year. His opponent, Union General James G. Blunt heard of Marmaduke’s approach and moved south himself. He caught and surprised the Confederates 35 miles further south than Marmaduke expected. Blunt, held up by a delaying action fought by Jo Shelby’s cavalry, nevertheless pursued the southerners into the
. Boston Mountains