On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
January 27, 1825 - U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
January 27, 1826 - Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), born in Jefferson County, KY (d. 1879)
January 27, 1857 - Preston S. Brooks dies, Washington, D. C.
January 27, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Jones Mitchell Withers, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Army of Mobile, AL.
January 27, 1862 - Brig. Gen. Samuel Jones, CSA, is assigned to the command of the Army of Pensacola, FL.
January 27, 1863 - Naval assault on Ft. McAllister.
January 27, 1863 - Affair at Bloomfield, MO, with a Union Cavalry dash into town.
Federal reconnaissance on the Neuse, Dover, and Trent Roads, NC, to ascertain the Confederates positions (Jan 27-28)
January 27, 1863 - Affair near Germantown, TN, as Confederate Cavalry stage a surprise attack on a Union forage train.
January 27, 1863 - Skirmish at Deserted House, near Suffolk, VA.
January 27, 1864 - Affair on the Cumberland River, near Lebanon, KY, as Federal scouts attack and scatter the fleeing guerrillas.
January 27, 1864 - Skirmishes at Kelly's Ford (Fair Gardens), and McNutt's Bridge, near Dandridge, TN, with Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, and Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.
January 27, 1864 - Engagement near Fair Garden, near Dandridge, TN; Maj. Gen. John G. Foster, USA, versus Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA.
January 27, 1864 - Skirmish near Knoxville, TN, on the Strawberry Plains road with casualties before the attacking Confederates withdraw.
January 27, 1864 - Affair near Thoroughfare Mountain, VA, between enemy Cavalry scouting parties.
January 27, 1864 - Brig. Gen. John C. Caldwell, USA, is temporarily in command of the 2nd US Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, VA.
January 27, 1864 - Operations in Hampshire and Hardy Counties, WV. (Jan 27-Feb 7)
January 27 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
January 27 1865 - Thomas John Wood, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
January 27 1865 - Charles Camp Doolittle, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
January 27 1865 - Skirmish at Elrod's Tan-yard, De Kalb County, AL, with bushwhackers, as the 18th US Colored Infantry lose men as they traveled from Bridgeport, AL, aboard the US transport, Bridgeport, and encounter guerrillas.
January 27 1865 - Federal expedition from Fort Pinney aboard the Union gunboat, No. 28, to Kimball' s Plantation, AR, where because Mrs. Kimball lied about her husband's whereabouts (he was hiding under the floorboards), the Yankees burn their plantation to the ground.
January 27 1865 - Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, is assigned to the command of the District of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
Skirmish at Ennis' Cross-Roads, SC.
January 27 1865 - The Federals capture and refloat the Confederate torpedo boat, Scorpion, on the James River, below Richmond, VA.
January 27 1865 - Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, USA, resumes the command of the 5th US Army Corps, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.