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Thursday June 27 1861
  • The attack on Mathias Point, VA, York River, by the Federal gunboats, Pawnee and Freeborn, are repelled as they attempt to land Union forces.
  • Mr. George P. Kane, Marshal of the Police of Baltimore, MD, is arrested.
  • The Confederate capture of the side-wheeler, St. Nicholas, near Baltimore, MD, led by George N. Holllins.
Friday June 27 1862
  • Skirmish at Stewart's Plantation, AR, with a Rebel ambush of a Union forage train, about 8 miles from Village Creek.
  • Federal reconnaissance to the Williams Bridge, Amite River, LA, and skirmish. (Jun 27-29)
  • Gen. Braxton Bragg assumes permanent command of Confederate Dept. No. 2, MS, as Federal mortars continued to bombard Vicksburg, MS.
  • The Battle of Gaines' Mill, Cold Harbor, or the Chickahominy River, VA, as Brig. Gens. John Bell Hood, and George Pickett, CSA, finally break through Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter's, USA, lines; Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA, failing to attack.
  • Skirmish at Fair Oaks, VA, with Maj. Gen. John Magruder, CSA.
  • Action at Garnett's Farm, VA, with the Federals retreating toward Harrison Landing, VA, and the protection of US Gunboats.
Saturday June 27 1863
  • Brig. Gen. Martin Edwin Green, CS A, is mortally wounded by a Federal sharpshooter while scanning the enemy's position at Vicksburg, MS, shot through the head, and dying instantly.
  • Action at Carthage, MO.
  • The Army Corps of Lieut. Gens. James Longstreet and A. P. Hill, CSA, arrive at Chambersburg, PA.
  • The capture of York, PA, by Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early, CSA.
  • Skirmish at Fairfield, TN.
  • Skirmishes at Fosterville and Guy's Gap, TN.
  • Manchester, TN, is occupied by the Union forces.
  • Action at Shelbyville, TN.
  • Skirmish near Fairfax Court-House, VA, with Maj. Gen. JEB Stuart's CSA Cavalry capturing some of the Union forces.
Monday June 27 1864
  • Skirmish in Big Cove Valley, 6 miles northeast of Huntsville, AL, as the Federals chase the Rebels into the hills near Blevingston Gap.
  • Federal scout from Brownsville, AR, to the vicinity of St. Charles, were bushwackers and Confederates are reported to be in large numbers. (Jun 27-29)
  • The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, GA, where Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's, CSA, well entrenched army repels and slaughters the attacking columns of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.
  • Brig. Gen. Charles Garrison Harker, USA, is mortally wounded while leading his men in a charge atop his horse against the Confederate position at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, GA, receiving his death wound from a Confederate sharpshooter.
  • Brig. Gen. Daniel McCook, Jr., USA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, GA, while leading his men in a charge against the Confederate earthworks.
  • Affair at Crittenden, KY, as the town is attacked by Confederates assembling to capture a wagon train. The Federals rush foward men to protect the train.
  • Affairs near Dunksburg, MO, against guerrilla. (Jun 27-28)
  • Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, USA, resumes the command of the 2nd US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
Tuesday June 27 1865
  • William Henry Penrose, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • The US Army announced the following assignments:
    • Military Division of the Atlantic - Maj. Gen. George Meade
      • Dept. of Alabama - Maj. Gen. Charles R. Woods
      • Dept. of Florida - Maj. Gen. John G. Foster
      • 23rd US Army Corps, FL - Brig. Gen. Samuel P. Carter
      • Dept. of Georgia - Maj. Gen. James B. Steedman
      • Dept. of North Carolina - Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield
    • Military Division of the Gulf - Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan
      • Dept of Louisiana & Texas - Maj. Gen. Edward R.S. Canby
      • Union Post of Galveston TX - Col. Frederick W. Moore, 83rd Ohio Infantry, in addition to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, the 13th US Army Corps.
    • Military Division of the Mississippi - Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman (reorganized)
      • Dept. of Mississippi - Maj. Gen. Henry W. Slocum
      • Dept. of the Missouri - Maj. Gen. John Pope
      • Dept. of Arkansas - Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds
      • Dept. of Kentucky - Maj. Gen. John M. Palmer
      • Middle Dept. - Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock
      • Dept. of the East - Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker
      • Dept. of Virginia - Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry
      • 1st Sub-District of St. Louis, MO, Col David Moore, 51st MO Infantry - Col. David Moore, 41st Missouri Infantry, vice Col. Joseph Weydemeyer, Missouri Infantry, is relieved of command.
      • Dept. of the Ohio - Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord
    • Military Division of the Pacific is created, to consist of the Dept. of California and the Columbia.
      • Military Division of the Pacific - Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck
      • Dept. of California is created, to consist of the States of California and Nevada and the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona.
      • Dept. of California - Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell
      • Dept. of the Columbia is created, to consist of the State of Oregon and the Territories of Idaho and Washington.
      • Dept. of the Columbia, Oregon - Brig. Gen. George Wright
      • Dept. of Washington - Maj. Gen. Christopher C. Augur
    • Military Division of Tennessee - Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
      • Dept. of Tennessee - Maj. Gen. George Stoneman

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

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