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Monday November 25 1861
  • The Honorable Judah P. Benjamin, the new Confederate Secretary of War, from Richmond, VA, orders the captured bridge-burners in East Tennessee to be tried by drum-head court-martial, and hanged, if found guilty.
  • The Confederate Naval Dept. is in the process of converting the USS Merrimack, into the Confederate iron-clad renamed, the CSS Virginia.
Tuesday November 25 1862
  • Skirmish near Cane Hill, AR, as Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt, USA, attacks Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, CSA, who is attempting to join up with Maj. Gen. Thomas Hindman, CSA, in their attempt to get north into Missouri.
  • Federal expedition to Yellville, AR, with the destruction of Confederate saltworks. (Nov 25-29)
  • Skirmish at Calhoun, KY.
  • Confederate raid on Poolesville, MD.
  • The capture of the US steamer, Ellis, on the New River, NC.
  • Skirmish at Clarksville, TN.
  • The capture of Henderson's Station on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, TN.
  • Maj. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Trans-Allegheny, or Western, Dept. of Virginia.
Wednesday November 25 1863
  • Skirmish in Crawford County, AR.
  • Affair at Camp Piatt, LA, with Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA.
  • Skirmish near Vermillion Bayou, LA, with Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA.
  • Skirmish on the Big Piney, MO.
  • Skirmish at Farmington, MO.
  • Skirmish near Waynesville, MO.
  • Skirmish near Greenville, NC, where the Federals attack the Rebel camp there, capturing over 50 prisoners and 100 stand of arms, etc.
  • The Battle of Missionary Ridge, TN, with Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne, CSA, repelling Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman at Tunnel Hill and the north end of Missionary Ridge; Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, USA, not making much progress; Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, USA, assaulting and breaking the center of the Confederate lines, forcing Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, to retreat across the Chickamauga Creek, Lieut. Gen. William J. Hardee, CSA, protecting the rear flank from the pursuing Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, USA. Total casualties approximate 12,500.
  • Skirmish near Yankeetown, TN.
  • Affair between Sangster's and Devereux Stations, VA, where Confederate guerrillas capture 23 teamsters and woodcutters along with 50 mules.
Friday November 25 1864
  • Skirmish near Sandersville, GA, with Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler's, CSA, Cavalry and Maj. Gen. John Schofield, USA, the "March to the Sea," Campaign by Maj. Gen. Wm. Sherman.
  • Affair at Raccourci, near Williamsport, LA, where Lieut. Thatcher, USN, commanding the Gazelle Gunboat, No. 50, while on shore, was murdered by guerrillas.
  • Affair with Indians near Plum Creek Station, the Nebraska Territory.
  • The engagement with Kiowa, Comanche, Arapahoe and Apache Indians at Adobe Fort, on the Canadian River, the New Mexico Territory, where, among other things, the Yankees destroy their village, including 150 lodges, large amounts of dried meats, berries, buffalo robes, powder, etc.
  • Southern agents, arriving from Canada, set fire to 10 hotels in New York City, NY, will little damage, as most fires are extinguished. One of the southern agents, R. C. Kennedy is captured.
  • Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys, USA, is assigned to the temporary command of the 2nd US Army Corps, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
Saturday November 25 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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