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

Sunday January 27 1861
No events on this date.
Monday January 27 1862
  • Brig. Gen. Jones Mitchell Withers, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Army of Mobile, AL.
  • Brig. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Army of Pensacola, FL.
  • Frustrated with Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's continued delay, President Lincoln issues General War Order Number 1, ordering a general movement of the US land and naval forces against the Rebels.
Tuesday January 27 1863
  • Union naval attack on Fort McAllister, Genesis Point, on the Ogeechee River, south of Savannah, GA, by 5 Union vessels.
  • Affair at Bloomfield, MO, with a Union Cavalry dash into town.
  • Federal reconnaissance on the Neuse, Dover, and Trent Roads, NC, to ascertain the Confederates positions (Jan 27-28)
  • Affair near Germantown, TN, as Confederate Cavalry stage a surprise attack on a Union forage train.
  • Skirmish at Deserted House, near Suffolk, VA.
Wednesday January 27 1864
  • Affair on the Cumberland River, near Lebanon, KY, as Federal scouts attack and scatter the fleeing guerrillas.
  • Skirmishes at Kelly's Ford (Fair Gardens), and McNutt's Bridge, near Dandridge, TN, with Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, and Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.
  • Engagement near Fair Garden, near Dandridge, TN; Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, versus Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.
  • Skirmish near Knoxville, TN, on the Strawberry Plains road with casualties before the attacking Confederates withdraw.
  • Affair near Thoroughfare Mountain, VA, between enemy Cavalry scouting parties.
  • Brig. Gen. John C. Caldwell, USA, is temporarily in command of the 2nd US Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, VA.
  • Operations in Hampshire and Hardy Counties, WV. (Jan 27-Feb 7)
Friday January 27 1865
  • Thomas John Wood, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
  • Charles Camp Doolittle, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Elrod's Tan-yard, De Kalb County, AL, with bushwackers, as the 18th US Colored Infantry lose men as they traveled from Bridgeport, AL, aboard the US transport, Bridgeport, and encounter guerrillas.
  • Federal expedition from Fort Pinney aboard the Union gunboat, No. 28, to Kimball' s Plantation, AR, where because Mrs. Kimball lied about her husband's whereabouts (he was hiding under the floorboards), the Yankees burn their plantation to the ground.
  • Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, is assigned to the command of the District of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
  • Skirmish at Ennis' Cross-Roads, SC.
  • The Federals capture and refloat the Confederate torpedo boat, Scorpion, on the James River, below Richmond, VA.
  • Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, USA, resumes the command of the 5th US Army Corps, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

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

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