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

Thursday August 8 1861
  • Henry Hayes Lockwood, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, assumes the command of the District of Ironton, MO.
  • Skirmish at Lovettsville, VA.
Friday August 8 1862
  • Due to continued guerrilla firing into railroad cars, local ministers are arrested by the Union troops and placed aboard each train, at Huntsville, AL.
  • West Florida is transferred from the Dept. of the South to the Dept. of the Gulf.
  • Skirmish near Newtonia, MO.
  • Skirmish on Panther Creek, MO.
  • Skirmish near Stockton, Macon County, MO.
  • Action near Madison Court-House, VA.
  • Skirmish near Slaughter's House, VA.
Saturday August 8 1863
  • Skirmish at Rienzi, MS.
  • Affair on Clear Creek, near Ball Town, MO.
  • Skirmish at Waterford, VA, as the Rebels attack the Federal Cavalry not far from Harper's Ferry, WV.
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, depressed over the results at Gettysburg, PA, offers his resignation to President Jefferson Davis, who flatly rejects such notion.
Monday August 8 1864
  • James Deering Fessenden, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Fort Gaines, AL, Dauphin Island, in Mobile Bay, is surrendered by Col. Charles D. Anderson, CSA, without the approval of his superiors.
  • Federal scout against Indians from Camp Anderson to Bald Mountain, CA, where the Indians flee into the thick timber in the direction of the Hoopa Valley. (Aug 8-12)
  • Action with the Sioux Indians on the Little Missouri River, the Dakota Territory.
  • Federal scout against Indians from Salina to Mulberry Creek, KS. (Aug 8-11)
  • Skirmish at Salem, KY.
  • Skirmish at La Fayette, TN.
  • Skirmish at Fairfax Station, VA.
Tuesday August 8 1865
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On This Day information kindly provided by Martin Cross, 2nd U.S. Artillery, Bty B.

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