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Saturday June 22 1861
  • Col. Harvey Brown, USA, commanding at Fort Pickens, FL, reports that he will not return any fugitive slaves to their masters unless he is ordered so.
  • Pro-union men meet in Greeneville, TN, to pledge allegiance to the United States.
Sunday June 22 1862
  • Skirmish at Bayou des Allemands or Raceland, near Algiers, LA.
  • Federal expedition from Ship Island, aboard the steamer, Creole, to Pass Christian, MS, to capture any Rebel vessels in the vicinity. None around.
  • Federal scout from Strasburg to Moorefield and New Creek, WV, and Winchester, VA. (Jun 22-30)
  • Federal reconnaissance to the left of White Oak Swamp, VA, about 16 miles south of Richmond, VA, with Brig. Gen. Erasmus D. Keyes, USA, under Maj. Gen. George B. McCellan, USA. (Jun 22-23)
Monday June 22 1863
  • Alfred Pleasonton, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
  • Skirmish on the Big Black River, MS.
  • Action at Hills' Plantation, near Bear Creek, MS.
  • Skirmish at Jones' Plantation, near Birdsong Ferry, MS.
  • The CSS Tacony captures 5 Union fishing boats off the coast of New England.
  • Skirmish at Powell Valley, TN, with Col. William P. Sanders, USA.
  • Skirmish at Greencastle, PA, with the Confederate advance.
  • Skirmish near Aldie, VA, with the Confederate advance.
  • Skirmish near Dover, VA, with the Confederate advance.
Wednesday June 22 1864
  • Joseph Holt, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Elliott Warren Rice, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Skirmish at White River Station, on the White River, AR.
  • Federal scout from Piney Green to Snead's Ferry and Swansborough, NC, where the Union Cavalry is ambushed on the road through a swamp, losing a few good men, but managing to burn a Rebel schooner laden with salt. (Jun 22-23)
  • Engagement near the Jerusalem Plank Road, Petersburg, VA, where Lieut. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill, CSA, repels the forces under Maj. Gens. David B. Birney, USA, and Horatio G. Wright, USA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.
  • Federal expedition, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, Cavalry against the South Side and Danville Railroad, VA, with skirmishes at the following:
    • Reams' Station (Jun 22)
    • near Nottoway Court-House (Jun 23)
    • at Stauton River Bridge, or Roanoke Station (Jun 25)
    • Sappony Church, or Stony Creek (Jun 28-29)
    • Reams' Staton (Jun 29),
      the Richmond, VA, Campaign. (Jun 22-Jul 2)
  • Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, CSA, assumes the command of the Dept. of Western VA, and East Tennessee.
Thursday June 22 1865
  • Brig. Gen. Morgan L. Smith, US Army, is relieved from the command of the District of Vicksburg, MS.
  • Unaware that the war is over, the CSS Shenandoah continues to prey on Union whaling ships in the Bering Sea.

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

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