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On This Day - 155 Years Ago (More ...)

Monday December 2 1861
  • Brig. Gen. James William Denver, USA, is assigned to the command of all troops in the state of Kansas.
  • Skirmish at Annandale, VA, with Brig. Gen. Louis Blenker, USA.
Tuesday December 2 1862
  • William Thompson Martin, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish on the Blackwater, near Franklin, VA.
  • Federal reconnaissance from Bolivar Heights to Winchester, VA, and and skirmishes at Charlestown, WV, and Berryville, VA, etc. (Dec 2-6)
  • The capture of Union pickets near Dumfries, VA.
  • Skirmish at Leeds' Ferry, Rappahannock River, VA, as the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac prepare to square off.
Wednesday December 2 1863
  • Federal Scout from Waldron, AR, to Mount Ida, Caddo Gap, and Dallas, MO. (Dec 2-7)
  • Lieut. Gen. William J. Hardee, CSA, supersedes Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, in the command of the Army of Tennessee, at Dalton, GA, after Gen. Bragg asks President Jefferson Davis to be relieved of command following the Confederate setbacks in the Tennessee arena of warfare.
  • Skirmish at Philadelphia, TN.
  • The Federal descent on Saulsbury, TN, on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad.
  • Action at Walker's Ford, Clinch River, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.
Friday December 2 1864
  • Brig. Gen. Archibald Gracie, Jr., CSA, is mortally wounded during the siege of Petersburg, VA, instantly killed by a Federal artillery shell, the day after his 32nd birthday, as he observed the enemy through his telescope.
  • Maj. Gen. Sterling Price's, CSA, command reaches Laynesport, AR, ending his latest and last expedition into Missouri.
  • Skirmish at Buck Head Creek, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm. Sherman.
  • Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, GA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm. Sherman.
  • Maj. Gen. Greenville M. Dodge, USA, is appointed to the command of the Dept. of the Missouri, and vice Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, USA.
  • Confederate operations against the stockades and block-houses on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, as Lieut. Gen. John Bell Hood, CSA, approaches the Union defensive lines of Nashville, TN. (Dec 2-4)
  • Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood, USA, assumes the command of the 4th US Army Corps, because vice Maj. Gen. David S. Stanley, USA, is wounded at the battle of Franklin, TN.
Saturday December 2 1865
  • Alabama becomes the 24th state to ratify the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery.

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

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