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

Wednesday May 22 1861
  • Charles Clark, CS A, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • David Emanuel Twiggs, CS A, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, MA Militia, is assigned to the command at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA.
Thursday May 22 1862
  • Federal reconnaissance to Burnsville and luka, MS. (May 22-23)
  • Skirmish near Farmington, MS, between Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, USA, and Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, CSA.
  • Skirmish at Florida, MO.
  • Skirmish at the Trenton and Pollocksville Cross-Roads, NC, near New Berne, NC.
  • Confederate expedition to John's Island, SC, in search of Union landing parties to drive off.
  • Skirmish at Winchester, TN.
  • President Lincoln meets with Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell, USA, at Fredericksburg, VA, to discuss strategy.
  • Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA, crosses Luray Gap, of the Massanutten Mountain, toward Front Royal, Shenandoah Valley, VA.
  • Federal reconnaissance to New Castle and Hanovertown Ferries, VA, by Col. Richard H. Rush, 6th PA Cavalry.
Friday May 22 1863
  • William Birney, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Fort Gibson, the Indian Territory.
  • The Federal steamer, Louisiana Belle, is unsuccessfully attacked near Barre's Landing, Bayou Teche, LA, by a band of guerrillas.
  • Skirmish at Bayou Courtableau, LA.
  • The assault on the Confederate lines in front of Vicksburg, MS, by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, ends in failure.
  • Skirmish at Yellow Creek, TN.
  • Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, USA, assumes the command of the 2nd US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, VA.
  • Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, USA, assumes the command of the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, VA.
Sunday May 22 1864
  • Affair near Devall's Bluff, AR, where the Confederates surprise attack and capture some Yankees, escaping toward Des Arc.
  • Skirmish near Mount Pleasant, MS, 14 miles from Tupelo, as the Confederates kill 12 Federals and capture 5.
  • The Federal capture and the Confederate recapture of the schooner, Stingaree, off of Brazos, TX, as after a Federal steamer captures the ship, the Rebel commander and his crew served liquor to the Federals, got them drunk, overpowered them, and was able to beach the vessel, escaping from the Federal steamer that originally captured them.
  • Skirmish at Front Royal, VA.
  • Operations on the line of the North Anna River, Pamunkey, and the Totopotomy Rivers, VA, as Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, moving from Guiney's Station, VA, is confronted with Confederate entrenched lines at Hanover Junction, near Richmond, VA, with the following combats:
    • Dabney's Ferry
    • Ford or Mills on the North Anna
    • Hanover Junction
    • Jericho Bridge
    • Mount Carmel Church
    • Ox Ford
    • Quarles' Mills
    • Sexton's Station
    • Crump's Creek (May 27)
    • Hanovertown (May 27)
    • Haw's Shop (May 27)
    • Jones' Farm (May 27)
    • Little Church (May 27)
    • Totopotomy River (May 28-31)
    • Armstrong's Farm (May 30)
    • Matadequin Creek (May 30)
    • Old Church (May 30)
    • Shady Grove (May 30)
    • Bethesda Church (May 31)
    • Meschump's Creek (May 31)
    • Shallow Creek (May 31)
    • Turner's Farm (May 31)
    • Ashland (Jun 1)
      (May 22-Jun 1)
Monday May 22 1865
  • Skirmish at Valley Mines, MO, as the Federals attack 5 men caught robbing a store there, killing one, wounding another.
  • President Jefferson Davis, the last symbol of the Confederacy is imprisoned at Fortress Monroe, off Hampton, VA.

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

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