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On This Day - 160 Years Ago (More ...)

Friday January 18 1861
  • The 3rd demand is made for the surrender of Fort Pickens, Pensacola Harbor, FL, and refused by Lieut. Adam Slemmer, USA.
  • Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, off Key West, FL, is garrisoned by the US troops, under Bvt. Maj. Lewis G. Arnold, to be used to hold political prisoners.
Saturday January 18 1862
  • The Confederate Territory of Arizona is formed, comprised of the southern portion of the Federal Territory of New Mexico.
  • Former President of the United States of America, John Tyler, is buried today along the James River, in the Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.
Sunday January 18 1863
  • Skirmish in the Cherokee Country, the Indian Territory.
Monday January 18 1864
  • Major opposition to the Confederate conscription law continues to develop in northwestern Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
  • Skirmish at Grand Gulf, MS, with Confederate guerrillas.
  • Affair at Flint Hill, VA, where this time, the Union pickets stationed here are able to drive off the attacking Confederates.
Wednesday January 18 1865
  • Skirmish at Clarksville, AR.
  • Federal expedition from Napoleonville by men under Brig. Gen. Robert A. Cameron, USA, commanding the District of La Fourche, to Grand River, LA. The main incidence of this night occurs when the surround a residence suspected of housing rebels. The Union Lieut. enters the house and comes running out when he hears shots being fired outside (at a dog). It being very dark, a Yankee private takes aim at the person fleeing out of the house (the Union Lieut.) and proceeds to fire a bullet into his forehead. (Jan 18-19)
  • Federal scout against guerrillas from Warrensburg to the Snibar Hills, MO. Due to the horrendous weather and current provisions in the area, the Yankees decide not to bring in any livestock, etc., from the local area, as the women and children living on farms in the area would greatly suffer, irregardless if their husbands and fathers are bushwackers. (Jan 18-22).
  • Affair near Lovettsville, VA, where Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Rosser, CSA, and his Confederate Cavalry surprise attacks the Union vedettes and reserve force near Harper's Ferry; the Yankees pursue Rosser to Purcellville, but could not overtake him.

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

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