01/25, January 25th In Civil War History


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Mar 3, 2017

On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

January 25, 1839 - Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)

January 25, 1861 - Augusta arsenal seized by Confederacy in Georgia.

January 25, 1862 - The Federal expedition at Hatteras Inlet continues to struggle to cross the sand bar at Pamlico Sound, NC.

January 25, 1863 - Abraham Lincoln relieves General Ambrose Burnside [US} from command of the Army of the Potomac, replacing him with General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Hooker.

January 25, 1863 - Union forces withdraw from Corinth, Mississippi. They had been ordered to help protect Mississippi River shipping from northern states.

January 25, 1863 - Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, CSA, reaches Batesville, AR, which effectively ends his expedition into Missouri, that began Dec 31 1863.

January 25, 1863 - Federal scout between Bolivar, TN, and Ripley, MS, against guerrilla bands operating in the vicinity.

January 25, 1863 - Skirmish near Mill Creek, TN.

January 25, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance from Murfreesboro to Auburn, TN.

January 25, 1864 - Confederates organize a government around General Henry W. Allen. Its capital is Shreveport, Louisiana.

January 25, 1864 - Nathan Bedford Forrest [CS] attacks and defeats William Sooy Smith [US] near Meridian, Mississippi.

January 25, 1864 - Skirmish at Bainbridge Ferry, North AL.

January 25, 1864 - Federal expedition from Scottsboro, AL, toward Rome, GA, as Brig. Gen. Morgan L. Smith, USA, of Maj. Gen. John A. Logan's command construct a pontoon bridge across the Coosa River, capturing prisoners, forage, etc, including $5,700 in Confederate money which proved to have been a State fund for the relief of soldiers' families. (Jan 25-Feb 5)

January 25, 1864 - Skirmish near the Sweet Water, North AL.

January 25, 1864 - Skirmishes on the Little Missouri River and at Sulphur Springs, AR.

January 25, 1864 - Affair at Bayou Grand, FL, where the Federals prepare to move on Mobile, AL.

January 25, 1864 - Skirmish at Mount Pleasant, MS.

January 25, 1864 - Fort Sumter, SC, in again bombarded by Union batteries.
Skirmish at La Grange, TN.

January 25, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg s ongoing.

January 25, 1865 - The Confederate commerce raider, CSS Shenandoah, arrives at Melbourne, Australia, for repairs and provisions.

January 25, 1865 - Skirmish near Simpsonville, Shelby County, KY, where the Union cattle guard composed of negro soldiers are attacked with a number killed and wounded.

January 25, 1865 - Federal reconnaissance from Pocotaligo to the Salkehatchie River, SC. by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA.

January 25, 1865 - Federal expedition from Irish Bottom to Evans' Island, TN, to secure beef cattle; the river being so full of ice, the Yankees could not get them off the island.

January 25, 1865 - Skirmish near Powhatan, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

January 25, 1867 - Missouri ratifies the 14th Amendment.

January 25, 1906 - Joseph Wheeler, Confederate General, dies at 70 in Brooklyn, NY.


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January 25, 1864 - Confederates organize a government around General Henry W. Allen. Its capital is Shreveport, Louisiana.
That right there is why Pres. Lincoln wanted the Red River Campaign to happen. He was hoping/trying to get Louisiana back into the Union fold before the 1864 Election.