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

Sunday November 17 1861
  • Skirmish at Cypress Bridge, near Rumsey, McClean County, KY.
Monday November 17 1862
  • The USS San Jacinto lies in wait off the Caribbean island of Martinique for the Confederate steamer, CSS Alabama, but fails to prevent her from leaving port.
  • Operations about Cassville and Keetsvile, MO. (Nov 17-18)
  • Federal expedition from Sparta, TN, into KY. (Nov 17-29)
  • Affair near Carrsville, VA, with Confederate Cavalry.
  • Skirmish at Falmouth, on the Rappahannock River and across from Fredericksburg, VA, with the freshly arrived Army of the Potomac.
  • President Jefferson Davis appoints Maj. Gen. Gustavus Woodson Smith, CSA, as acting Confederate Secretary of War, Richmond, VA.
Tuesday November 17 1863
  • Skirmish near Willow Creek on the Trinity River, C A, with Indians.
  • Skirmish at Bay Saint Louis, MS.
  • Federal scout around Houston, MO. (Nov 17-26)
  • The massive Union bombardment of Fort Sumter, SC, continues.
  • The Siege of Knoxville, TN, begins by Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, the Knoxville, TN, Campaign. Nov 17-Dec 4)
  • The capture of the Confederate battery at Arkansas Pass, TX, by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks' USA, expeditionary forces.
  • Brig. Gen. William W. Averell's US Cavalry command reaches New Creek, WV, ending his cavalry expedition to Lewisburg, WV.
Thursday November 17 1864
  • Godfrey Weitzel, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
  • Skirmish near Maysville, AL.
  • Skirmish near New Market, AL.
  • Federal expedition from Little Rock to Pagan's Ford, Saline River, AR. (Nov 17-18)
  • Affair at Towaliga Bridge, GA, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA, takes four different routes to the sea in an attempt to confuse the Confederates.
  • Federal expedition from Brashear City to Bayou Portage, LA, with skirmish (Nov 18) at Lake Fausse Pointe, LA. (Nov 17-19)
  • Skirmish at Flat Creek, TN, as Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge's, CSA, latest expedition is concluded.
  • President Jefferson Davis, CSA, objects to any motion by several Georgia State Senators to discuss a separate peace treaty with the Federal government, Richmond, VA.
Friday November 17 1865
No events on this date.

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