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Friday August 16 1861
  • Federal expedition to Fredericktown, MO.
  • Federal operations around Kirksville, MO. (Aug 16-21)
  • Mauraders fire into a passenger train upon the Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad, MO.
  • Many New York City, NY, newspapers are charged by the Federal Government with publishing Pro-Southern articles.
Saturday August 16 1862
  • Edward Dorr Tracy, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
  • Federal Naval expedition from Helena, AR, down the Mississippi and up the Yazoo River. (Aug 16-27)
  • The Confederate Army of Kentucky under Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA, crosses the Cumberland Mountains into Kentucky.
  • Skirmish at Horn Lake Creek, MS, with guerrillas.
  • Action at Lone Jack, MO, with an initial Confederate victory.
  • Operations about Cumberland Gap, TN, including action at London, Kentucky, and skirmishes at Rat Lick, Kentucky, and Pine Mountain, TN. (Aug 17) (Aug 16-22)
  • Skirmish at Meriwether's Ferry, Obion River, TN.
  • The Federal naval bombardment of Corpus Christi, TX. (Aug 16-18)
  • The Campaign in Northern Virginia. (Aug 16-Sep 2)
  • The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia moves from Gordonsville, VA, as Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA, advances towards Maj. Gen. John Pope, USA, the Army of Virginia, and Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, USA, the Army of the Potomac.
  • Federal reconnaissance toward Louisa Court-House, VA. (Aug 16-17)
  • Skirmish at Wire Bridge, WV.
Sunday August 16 1863
  • Skirmish near Corinth, MS.
  • The Chickamauga, TN, Campaign. (Aug 16-Sep 22)
  • The general advance of the Army of the Cumberland, Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans, USA, commanding, from Tullahoma toward the Tennessee River and Chattanooga, TN, in search of Gen. Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee, the Chickamauga, TN, Campaign. (Aug 16-17)
  • The East Tennessee Campaign. (Aug 16-Oct 19)
  • The general advance of the Dept. of the Ohio, Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA, commanding, from Camp Nelson, near Lexington, KY, toward the Tennessee River and east Tennessee.
  • Federal expedition from Memphis, TN to Hernando, MS, with skirmish (Aug 17) near Panola, MS. (Aug 16-20)
  • Skirmish at Falls Church, VA.
  • Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, USA, supersedes Brig. Gen. William Hays, USA, in the command of the 2nd US Army Corps, the Army of the Potomac, VA.
Tuesday August 16 1864
  • Federal expedition from Mount Vernon, IN, aboard the steamers, Cottage, Dunleath, General Halleck, Jennie Hopkins, and the Jeannette Rogers, into Kentucky, to deflect the Confederate advance under Cols. Johnson and Sypert into Indiana, including skirmishes:
    • at White Oak Springs (Aug 17)
    • Geiger's Lake (18) and
    • Smith's Mills (Aug 19).
      (Aug 16-22)
  • Skirmish with Indians near Smoky Hill Crossing Run, KS.
  • Skirmish 10 miles northwest of Columbia, MO, as the Yankees rout Brig. Gen. James Thadeus Holtzclaw, CSA.
  • The CSS Tallahassee captures and burns five more Union ships off the coast of New England.
  • Engagement at Cedarville (Guard Hill or Front Royal or Crooked Creek), VA, the Shenandoah Valley, VA, Campaign.
Wednesday August 16 1865
  • Skirmish with Indians near Powder River, the Dakota Territory.

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

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