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Monday August 19 1861
  • Henry Wager Halleck, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
  • John James Peck, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • James Shields, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at Charleston, or Bird's Point, MO, across the river from Cairo, IL, with a Union victory over the Missouri State Guard.
  • Skirmish at Klapsford, MO.
  • Newspaper offices in Easton and West Chester, PA, are raided by Pro-unionist men, while the editor of the Haverhill, MA, newspaper is tarred and feathered by an anti-South mob.
Tuesday August 19 1862
  • James Birdseye McPherson, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Orlando Bolivar Willcox, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish on Clear Creek, AR.
  • Federal scout from Woodville to Guntersville, AL, and vicinity. (Aug 19-20)
  • Federal Expedition against the Snake Indians in Idaho. (Aug 19-Oct 11)
  • Skirmish at Tallulah, LA.
  • Sioux Indians move on New Ulm, MN, past Fort Ridgely.
  • Federal expedition from Rienzi to Marietta and Bay Springs, MS, and skirmishes. (Aug 19-21)
  • The US Dept. of the Ohio is re-established, comprising of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky east of the Tennessee River; Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright, USA, commanding.
  • Col. John Hunt Morgan's, CSA, raid on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, with skirmishes:
    • at Pilot Knob,
    • Drakes' Creek, and
    • Manscoe Creek, near Edgefield Junction (Aug 20), and
    • action (Aug 21) on the Hartsville Road, near Gallatin, TN.
      (Aug 19-21)
Wednesday August 19 1863
  • Henry Watkins Allen, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • The capture of the Confederate signal station at Saint John's Mill, near Jacksonville, FL, by crew members of the USS Hale and the USS Norwich.
  • Skirmish at Weems' Springs, TN.
  • The destruction of Confederate saltpeter-works near Franklin, WV, by Brig. Gen. William Woods Averell, USA.
Friday August 19 1864
  • Federal scout for Indians on the Republican River, KS. (Aug 19-24)
  • Skirmish at Hurricane Creek, MS, with Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Mower, USA.
  • Lieut. Gen. A. P. Hill, CSA, attacks the Union forces on the Weldon Railroad, capturing 2,500 and pushing the Federals back, but not away from the railroad, a vital Confederate link.
  • Skirmish at Berryville, VA, with Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early, CSA, the Shenandoah Valley, VA, Campaign.
  • Skirmish near Opequon Creek, on the Berryville and Winchester Pike, VA, with Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA, the Shenandoah Valley, VA, Campaign.
  • Skirmish at Franklin, WV.
Saturday August 19 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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