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Tuesday October 22 1861
  • Joseph Bennett Plummer, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Affairs around Budd's Ferry, MD, against Confederate shore batteries located near Shippoing Point between the Chopawamsic and Quantico Creeks, MD.
  • Skirmish at Buffalo Springs, MO.
  • Brig. Gen. James Hey ward Trapier, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Confederate Dept. of Middle and East Florida.
  • The Confederate Department (Army) of Northern Virginia is constituted, with the following command appointments:
    • Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, overall command.
    • Gen. Pierre G. T. Beauregard, Potomac District.
    • Maj. Gen. Theophilus Hunter Holmes, Aquia District.
    • Maj. Gen. Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Valley District.
  • Brig. Gen. Benjamin Franklin Kelley, USA, is assigned to the command of the Federal Dept. of Harper's Ferry, WV, and Cumberland, MD.
  • After his visit to Washington, DC, William Blount Carter enters East Tennessee to organize parties to destroy the railway bridges there.
Wednesday October 22 1862
  • Skirmish near Helena, AR.
  • Skirmish at Huntsville, AR.
  • Action at Old Fort Wayne, or Beattie's Prairier, near Maysville, with fighting by the Pro-South Cherokee and Creek Indians.
  • The pursuit of the Confederate forces from Perryville to London, KY, is discontinued.
  • Skirmish near Van Buren, MO.
  • Skirmish at Coosawhatchie, SC, and engagements at the Caston and Frampton Plantations, near Pocotaligo, or Yemassee, SC. (Oct 22-23)
  • Federal expedition from Fort Donelson to Waverly, TN, with skirmishes. (Oct 22-25)
  • Skirmish near Snickersville, VA.
Thursday October 22 1863
  • Skirmish near Volney, Logan County, Ky, with a complete rout of the Confederates. Unfortunately, a local citizen was shot dead when he refused to allow the Federals to confiscate his horse.
  • Destruction of the steamer, Mist, near Ship Island, on the Mississippi River, by a band of Confederates.
  • Skirmish at Brownsville, MS.
  • Mutiny at Bloomfield, MO, by the subordinate officers of the 6th Missouri Cavalry, against their Colonel. A Court of Inquiry is held and all 5 subordinate officers are dismissed from the Union Army.
  • Federal scout from Germantown, TN, to Chulahoma, MS, with little activity. It's a good thing as the men's clothing and most of their ammunition was thoroughly soaked with the heavy rain downpour. (Oct 22-24)
  • Skirmish at New Madrid Bend, TN.
  • Affair near Annandale, some 3 miles from Fairfax Court-House and near the Little River turnpike, VA, as the Federals run into a squad of Maj. John S. Mosby's Virginia Partisan Rangers who were looking for government horses and sutlers' wagons. Mosby loses some good men today.
  • Skirmishes at the Rappahannock Bridge, and near Bealeton, or Beverly Ford, VA, effectively ending the Bristoe, VA Campaign.
Saturday October 22 1864
  • The Confederate guerrilla attack on the Union transport, on the White River, near Saint Charles, AR, where the Rebel rifle shots kill 3 and wound 14 men of the 53rd US Colored Infantry.
  • Federal expedition from Brashear City to Belle River, LA. (Oct 22-24)
  • Action at the Big Blue (Byram's Ford, etc.), MO, where Brig. Gen. Joseph O. Shelby, CSA, forces Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, to retreat to Bush Creek, near Westport, MO.
  • Action at, and Federal evacuation of, Independence, MO, because of Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, CSA.
  • Action at State Line, MO, with Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, CSA.
  • Skirmish with Indians near Midway Station, the Nebraska Territory.
Sunday October 22 1865
No events on this date.

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

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