As Superb as Can Be Imagined~September 1864~29th & 30th

As Superb as Can Be Imagined~ September 1864~ 29th and 30th

In the midst of the war life goes on. Barbers host a grand cotillion. Prospects for new vineyards look promising. Yet in sum, the month has brought great change. The Confederacy has lost a major city. Lincoln’s prospects for re-election are much improved. Less than six weeks before the national election.


September 29– Thursday– New York City– “The Asia brings the intelligence that Captain Speke, the distinguished African explorer, to whom belongs the honor of having discovered the source of the Nile, has been accidentally killed. No dates or particulars are given. Captain Speke has published a number of very entertaining books of travel, and his loss will be much regretted in the literary world.” ~ New York Times.

September 29– Thursday– Washington, D.C.– “I hope it will have no constraint on you, nor do harm any way, for me to say I am a little afraid lest Lee sends reinforcements to Early, and thus enables him to turn upon Sheridan.” ~ Telegram from President Lincoln to General Grant.

September 29– Thursday– Washington, D.C.– “The appointments to the Naval Academy are a great annoyance and often a great embarrassment. Of course the Secretary is much blamed for every disappointment, although he has none but contingent appointments. Persons often apply to the President, who is restricted in his appointments, but who gives a favorable indorsement to almost all. Each considers this abundant to secure him a place, and denounces me if he does not succeed. . . . The great fall in gold within a few days begins to effect prices. In other words, commodities are getting nearer their actual value by the true money standard. Recent victories have largely contributed to this, but there are other causes, and I think Fessenden may be a more correct financier than Chase, but neither is exactly fitted for the place.” ~ Diary of Gideon Welles.

September 29– Thursday– Fort Harrison, north of Richmond, Virginia– Federal troops successfully storm and seize the position.

September 29– Thursday– Memphis, Tennessee– A large group of black men hold a meeting to discuss the future of freed slaves. They draft a number of resolutions to forward to various government officials in Washington.

September 29– Thursday– Biscay, Spain– Birth of Miguel de Unamuno, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, philosopher and educator. [Dies December 31, 1936.]

September 30– Friday– New York City– “The Isabella grapes raised at the Croton Point Vineyard by Dr. Underhill are about as superb an article as can be imagined. They are very large, very delicate, and very luscious, with a peculiar, rich, aromatic flavor and odor. The skin is thin, and has a clear, cleanly appearance; and the grapes hang from the vine in huge clusters, like those of Eschol. The culture of the grape is now attracting great attention in this country, and so also is the making of wine; and certainly the liquor expressed from this Westchester County grape ought to be of the first quality.” ~ New York Times.

September 30– Friday–Fort Harrison, north of Richmond, Virginia– Confederate forces counterattack, trying to retake the fortification but are repulsed. For the two days of fighting here, total Union casualties– dead, wounded, missing– reach 3327; Confederate losses are estimated at 1600 total.


September 30– Friday– Nashville, Tennessee– “Barbers from time immemorial have been celebrated for their convivial mood, and many of the most attractive pages of Gil Blas, Don Quixote, and the Arabian Nights owe their zest to the liveliness of some devil-may-care barber, who would talk and play off pranks in spite of every obstacle. The Nashville barbers possess this flow of spirits to the fullest extent, and have an association which is social and jovial, as well as benevolent and self-protecting. On last night they held a select grand banquet and cotilion party in the Court House, which would have done credit to any association. Frank Parrish, by the way, who has traveled all over Europe, and shaved all the Generals, both Reb and Union, who ever stopped at the St. Cloud, is the President of the association. The music was truly excellent, the colored banjoist, violinists, and guitarists of this city being well known here and at all the noted watering places round about. The affair was conducted with great decorum and propriety. Long life to the Knights of the Razor, who perfume our locks and polish our faces!” ~ Nashville Daily Times and True Union.

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