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Tuesday July 16 1861
  • The Bull Run, or the Manassas Campaign. VA. (Jul 16-22) The advance of the Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell, USA, toward Manassas, and Centreville, VA.
  • Skirmish at Barboursville, WV, between Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox, USA, and Brig. Gen. Henry A. Wise, CSA.
Wednesday July 16 1862
  • The following are appointed Union Brigadier Generals:
    • Jacob Ammen, USA
    • Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, USA
    • Charles Cruft, USA
    • Francis Jay Herron, USA
    • Alfred Pleasonton, USA
    • Benjamin Stone Roberts, USA
    • Frederick Salomon, USA
    • Joshua Woodrow Sill, USA
    • Morgan Lewis Smith, USA
    • Fitz-Henry Warren, USA
    • Cadwallader Golden Washburn, USA
  • Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck, USA, relinquishes immediate command of the troops in the Dept. of the Mississippi, to assume his new role as General-in-chief of all US land forces.
  • The District of West Tennessee, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, commanding, is extended to embrace the Army of the Mississippi.
  • Maj. Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi Dept.
  • Federal reconnaissance from Westover, on the Richmond Road, VA.
Thursday July 16 1863
  • Skirmish at Bolton Depot, MS, with Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.
  • Skirmish at Clinton, MS, with Maj. Gen. William Sherman, USA.
  • Skirmish at Grant's Ferry, Pearl River, MS, with Maj. Gen. William Sherman.
  • Jackson, MS, is evacuated by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, CSA, and subsequently occupied by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.
  • Engagement near Grimball's Landing, James Island, SC, with the Confederate attack being repulsed, with the help of the US steam sloop, Pawnee.
  • Federal scout from Germantown, to Collierville, Concordia, etc., TN. (Jul 16-20)
  • Skirmish at Shanghai, WV.
  • Action at Shepherdstown, WV.
Saturday July 16 1864
  • Brig. Gen. John Randolph Chambliss, CSA, is mortally wounded on the Charles City Road, outside Richmond, VA, during an encounter with the Federal Cavalry under Brig. Gen. David M. McMutrie Gregg, USA.
  • Brig. Gen. Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, CSA, is mortally wounded near Fussell's Mill, on the Darbytown Road, VA, while resisting a Federal attack on the east end of Richmond, VA.
  • Daniel McCook, Jr, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Cavalry skirmish at Ellistown, MS, with Maj. Gen. Forrest, CSA, and Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Smith, USA.
  • Skirmish on the Clear Fork, near Warrensburg, Western MO.
  • Skirmish on the Fayette road, near Huntsville, Western MO.
  • Skirmish on James Island, Charleston Harbor, SC, and vicinity.
  • Action at Four-Mile Creek, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
  • Action at Malvern Hill, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
  • The capture of the Confederate wagon train near Purcellville, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early, CSA, heads back to the Shenandoah Valley, VA.
  • Skirmish at Wood Grove, VA.
Sunday July 16 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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