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

Friday December 6 1861
  • Federal expedition to Port Royal Ferry and Beaufort, SC. (Dec 6-7)
  • The Honorable William G. Brownlow is arrested at Knoxville, TN, on a civil warrant for treason.
  • Federal expedition to Gunnell's Farm, near Dranesville, VA, by a foraging raid by Brig. Gen. George Gordon Meade, USA.
Saturday December 6 1862
  • Skirmish at Parkesville, MO.
  • Skirmish near Kimbrough's Mill, Mill Creek, TN, as Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA, attacks and captures a portion of the Federal forage train.
Sunday December 6 1863
  • A strong wave swamps and sinks the blockading Union ironclad, the Weehawken, off Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC.
  • Skirmish at Clinch Mountain, TN, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign.
  • Affair near Fayetteville, TN.
  • Skirmish at Cheat River, WV.
Tuesday December 6 1864
  • Patrick Henry Jones, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Federal expedition from Brownsville to Des Arc, with skirmish near Des Arc, AR.
  • Skirmish at Lewisburg, AR.
  • Federal demonstrations against the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, SC, Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, commanding the District of South Carolina, defending. The Rebs lose 52 men. (Dec 6-9)
  • Action at Bell's Mills, TN, between the Union naval flotilla comprised of the Union gunboat, USS Neosho, and Federal steamers, USS Fairplay, USS Moose and the USS Silver Lake, and Confederate shore batteries, with little damage to the Union vessels.
  • Brig. Gen. Hylan Benton Lyon's, CSA, Confederate Raid from Paris, TN, to Hopkinsville, KY, etc., and skirmishes. Lyon has under his command 800 poorly equipped, undisciplined new recruits, many without shoes and proper clothing. Upon learning of Lieut. Gen. John B. Hoods' defeat and of his army leaving Tennessee, 500 of Lyon's men deserted and returned to their homes. Before they deserted, Lyon was able to capture 3 Federal steamers, burn 8 court-houses, railroad bridges, depots, etc., and caused Maj. Gen. McCook's entire division of cavalry to be withdrawn from Nashville, which aided in Hood's retreat from the Nashville area. (Dec 6-Jan 15, 1865)
  • Federal expedition from Portsmouth, VA, to Hertford, NC, and the successful capture of guerrillas, horses, cattle, etc. (Dec 6-10)
  • President Abraham Lincoln appoints former Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, replacing the deceased Roger B. Taney.
Wednesday December 6 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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