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Friday October 18 1861
  • Lloyd Tilghman, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish near Rockcastle Hills, KY.
  • Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell, CSA, supersedes Maj. Gen. David Twiggs, CSA, in the command of Dept. Number 1, consisting of Louisiana and Texas.
  • Union forces under Col. Joseph Bennett Plummer, 11th Missouri Infantry, advance from Cape Girardeau, MO, toward M. Jeff Thompson's Confederate Partisans which results in the following skirmish at Warrensburg, MO.
  • Federal gunboat reconnaissance down the Mississippi River, MO.
  • Skirmish at Warrensburg, MO.
  • Federal reconnaissance towards the Occoquan River, VA, by Brig. Gen. Israel B. Richardson, USA.
Saturday October 18 1862
  • Skirmish at Cross Hollow, AR.
  • Skirmish near Helena, AR.
  • Skirmish at Bloomfield, KY.
  • Skirmishes at Cross-Roads, Big Hill, Little Rockcastle River, and Mountain Side, KY.
  • Action at Lexington, KY, with Col. John Hunt Morgan's CSA troops routing the Federals, and Hunt entering the city.
  • Skirmish at Nelson's Cross-Roads, KY.
  • Skirmish at Rockcastle River, KY.
  • Skirmish at California House, MO, with Rebel guerrillas.
  • Skirmish near Uniontown, MO.
  • Affair at Kirk's Bluff, SC.
Sunday October 18 1863
  • William Price Sanders, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Carrion Crow Bayou, LA, with Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA.
  • Skirmish on the Livingston road, near Clinton, MS.
  • Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, assumes the command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, which consists of all Union troops between the Mississippi River and the Cumberland Mountains.
  • Skirmish at Carthage, MO, with Col. Joseph O. Shelby, CSA.
  • Affair near Annandale, VA, where Maj. John Singleton Mosby, CSA, and his Virginia Partisan Rangers capture over 100 horses and mules, several wagons loaded with valuable stores, and between 75 and 100 prisoners, arms, equipment, etc, without sustaining any losses.
  • Skirmish at Bristoe Station, VA, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, withdraws to around Orange Coury-House.
  • The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is established on the line of the Rappahannock River, VA, under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA.
  • The Confederate attack, under Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden, CSA, commanding the Valley District, on Charleston, WV, and skirmishes on the road to Berryville, VA, as Imboden surrounds Charlestown and captures the entire Union force there of 250 men, mostly the 9th Maryland.
Tuesday October 18 1864
  • Maj. Gen. David Bell Birney, USA, dies at his home in Philadelphia, PA, from camp fever (malaria) contracted in the summer of 1864 during Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign through Virginia.
  • Skirmish near Huntsville, AL, as Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood, CSA, moves his Army of Tennessee towards Glasden, AL, away from Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's, USA, railroad line on the Chattanooga to Atlanta Railroad.
  • Skirmish near Summerville, GA.
  • Skirmish near Milton, FL, as the Confederates attack the US steamer, Planter, which is busy gathering logs in Blackwater Bay, at Battledonge. Later the Planter enters Escambia Bay and carries away 15,000 new brick and a lot of doors and window sashes.
  • Skirmish in Barry County, MO.
  • Skirmish at Clinch Mountain, TN.
  • Confederate raids on the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad, TN, as the Rebels burn nearly all the dwellings along the railroad for two miles.
Wednesday October 18 1865
No events on this date.

On This Day information kindly provided by Martin Cross, 2nd U.S. Artillery, Bty B.