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Thursday March 28 1861
  • No events on this date.
Friday March 28 1862
  • Federal reconnaissance near the mouth of Saint Augustine Creek, GA.
  • Engagement at Glorieta, La Glorietta Pass, or Pigeon's Ranch, near Sante Fe, New Mexico Territory with Col. William Read Scurry, CSA, besting Col. John Potts Slough, USA.
  • Skirmish near Johnson's Ranch, or Apache Canon, or Gloriette, New Mexico Territory; Confederate supply wagons are attacked by Maj. John Chivington, USA, forcing a Confederates retreat to Sante Fe, New Mexico Territory.
  • The Cumberland Gap Campaign, TN. (Mar 28-Jun 18)
  • Brig. Gen. George Washington Morgan, USA, is assigned to the command of 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, and is ordered to operate against Cumberland Gap, TN, the important mountain pass connecting Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • Confederate expedition into Scott and Morgan Counties, TN, by Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA.
  • Operations on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, VA, with affairs at the Bealeton and the Rappahannock Stations, VA, and the Union occupation of Shipping Point, VA, by Brig. Gen. Oliver 0. Howard, US A. (Mar 28-31)
Saturday March 28 1863
  • Brig. Gen. James Cooper, USA, dies while the commandant of the Federal prison, Camp Chase, near Columbus, OH, from camp fever sickness.
  • Col. Ferris Forman, 4th California Infantry, is assigned to the command of the District of Southern California.
  • Skirmishes at Danville and Hickman's Bridge, KY, with Brig. Gen. John Pegram, CSA.
  • The capture of the steamer, USS Diana, near Pattersonville, LA, by Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA.
  • The Confederate attack on and capture of the US steamer, Sam. Gaty, MO.
  • Federal expedition from La Grange to Moscow and Macon, and action near Belmont, TN, under Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, USA. (Mar 28-Apr 3)
  • Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge, WV.
Monday March 28 1864
  • Federal scouts to Caperton's Ferry, AL, and encounters with bushwackers.
  • Skirmish at Danville, AR.
  • Skirmish at Mount Elba, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.
  • Engagement with Indians on the Eel River, CA, where the Yankees attack a large party, killing 16 Indian men, and capturing 2 squaws. The Yankees note that there is still a large number of Indians known by the name, Wileackee, still living in this area.
  • Riot by a group of Copperheads, or members of the Knights of the Golden Circle at Charleston, Coles County, IL, sees the worst anti-war protesters since the Draft Riot protesters in New York City NY, in July 1863, resulting in at least 6 deaths and 20 injuries.
  • Operations in Eastern Kentucky. (Mar 28-Apr 16)
  • Affair at New Hope, KY, as the Confederates burn the passenger train there on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.
  • Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks', USA, column advances from Alexandria, LA, the Red River Campaign, while Maj. Gen. (soon to be Lieut. Gen) Richard Taylor, CSA, concentrates forces to contest Banks' advance into the Trans-Mississippi region.
  • Skirmish on Obey's River, TN, with Brig. Gen. Edward H. Hobson, USA, commanding the District of South Central Kentucky.
  • Federal scout to Aldie and Middleburg, VA, as the Federals traverse the Bull Run Battlefield searching for Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA and the 43rd Virginia Battalion Calvary (Mar 28-29)
  • Federal scout in Gloucester County, VA, to ascertain the truth of alleged rebel designs to capture oyster schooners.
  • Affair at Bloomery Gap, WV.
Tuesday March 28 1865
  • Skirmish near Elyton, AL, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson.
  • Federal expedition from Fort Pike, LA, aboard the sloop, Rosetta, to Bay Saint Louis, MS, in an unsuccessful attempt to capture some of Lieut. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate Cavalry troops. (Mar 28-30)
  • Skirmish at Bull Creek, Christian County, MO.
  • Brig. Gen. Robert E. Mitchell, USA, is relieved from the command of the District of Nebraska, and is assigned to the command of the District of North Kansas.
  • Skirmish at Boone, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.
  • Skirmish near Snow Hill, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman's USA, Cavalry approaching from the west.
  • Skirmish at Germantown, TN, with the Union pickets there.
  • The District of the Plains is formed, to consist of the Districts of Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Connor, USA, is assigned to its command.
  • Federal expedition from Deep Bottom, VA, with the assistance of transports, ferries, and gunboats, to near Weldon, NC, where the Yankees meet little resistance, and with minor skirmishes, capturing some prisoners and Confederate supplies, cotton, etc. (Mar 28-Apr 11)

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