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

Tuesday December 17 1861
  • Action at Rowlett's Station, or Mumfordsville, or Woodsonville, Green River, KY, with men from Brig. Gen. Alexander McD. McCook, USA, pitted against Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Hindman, CSA.
  • Skirmish on Chisolm's Island, SC, with Brig. Gen. Isaac I. Stevens, USA.
  • Skirmish at, followed by the evacuation of, Rockville, SC, near Hilton Head, by the Confederate forces.
  • The trial, condemnation and pardon of Harrison Self, a bridge-burner in East Tennessee. (Dec 17-27)
  • Maj. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson's, CSA, operations against Dam No. 5, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Potomac River, VA. (Dec 17-21)
Wednesday December 17 1862
  • Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, in the command of the Dept. of the Gulf, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Baton Rouge, LA, is reoccupied by Union forces.
  • Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, issues an order singling out Jews for continuing to deal in the illegal merchandising and speculation trade.
  • Federal expedition from New Madrid to Clarkton, MO.
  • Federal raid on Dudley Station, NC.
  • Engagement at Goldsborough Bridge, NC, with Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA.
  • Skirmish at Thompson's Bridge, NC.
  • Federal reconnaissance to Diascund Bridge and Burnt Ordinary, near Richmond, VA.
Thursday December 17 1863
  • The federal recapture of the Union merchant ship, Chesapeake, from Northern Copperheads, at Sambro Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada, by the USS Ella and Annie.
  • Skirmish at Rodney, and at Port Gibson, MS.
  • Federal expedition from Washington to Chicoa Creek, 13 miles from Washington, NC, with skirmish.
  • Skirmish at Sangster's Station, VA. The Federals were caught off guard when the telegraph operator was too drunk to notice the attack. The Federal cavalry present could not understand English and its officer couldn't speak German to give commands.
Saturday December 17 1864
  • The USS Louisiana, loaded with 350 tons of gunpowder is towed off Fort Fisher, near Wilmington, NC, to be exploded, as the huge naval flotilla with Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's 6,500 men sail from Fortress Monroe, Hampton Roads, VA.
  • Action at Franklin, TN, as Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson, USA, pursue the retreating Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • Action at Hollow Tree Gap, TN.
  • Action at West Harpeth River, TN.
  • The capture and the destruction of the Lead Mines in southwest Virginia by Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA, as another Federal expeditionary force continues to destroy valuable Rebel supplies.
  • The engagement near Marion, VA, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA. (Dec 17-18)
  • Skirmish near Mount Airy, VA, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA .
Sunday December 17 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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