'A Union and secession war on a small scale occurred on Monday afternoon on G Street, near Fourteenth. A double house at that locality is occupied by two families - those of John Drummond, Union, and John Clary, Secesh… In the afternoon Mrs. Drummond put up the flag over the door. Mrs. Clary tore it down, stating that that was the only door which she could pass through, and she not be compelled to walk under the Union flag. Mrs. Drummond put it up again, and procuring a small piece of board, which made a formidable weapon, threatened to strike Mrs. Clary with it if she attempted to tear it down again...'
~ From the Sacramento Daily Union of July 6, 1864
'It is not the North, but the South, that forever agitates the question of Slavery. The seeming prosperity of the cotton-growing States is based on a great mistake and a great wrong; and it is no wonder that they are irritable and scent accusation in the very air. It is the stars in their courses that fight against their system...'
~ James Russell Lowell
Poet, satirist, and abolitionist
Atlantic Monthly, 1861
Union Brigadier General Robert McCook, was ill and riding in an ambulance between Athens, Alabama and Descherd, Tennessee, on August 6, 1862. The ambulance is attacked by Confederate raiders and McCook dies from a shot fired into his abdomen.
On August 7, 1861, Confederate General John B. Magruder fears that the town of Hampton, Virginia will soon be occupied by Union troops. Magruder, rather than see that happen, orders the town burned. St. John's Church will be the only building to survive the fire.