On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag
March 21, 1861 - Missouri secessionist convention adjourns having voted 98-1 against secession.
March 21, 1861 - The Confederate seizure of the US supply sloop, the USS Isabella, at Mobile, AL, on its way to Pensacola, FL.
March 21, 1862 - Brig. Gen. William Yarnel Slack, CSA, dies from wounds he received on Mar 7, at the Battle of Pea Ridge, or Elkhorn Tavern, AR.
March 21, 1862 - The following are appointed Union Major Generals:
Samuel Ryan Curtis, U.S.A.
John Alexander McClernand, U.S.A.
William Starke Rosecrans, U.S.A.
Lewis Wallace, U.S.A.
March 21, 1862 - The following are appointed Union Brigadier Generals:
Alexander Sandor Asboth, USA
Henry Beebee Carrington, USA
John Cook, USA
James Craig, USA
Speed Smith Fry, USA
Henry Moses Judah, USA
Jacob Gartner Lauman, USA
John Alexander Logan, USA
Robert Latimer McCook, USA
Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, USA
William Harvey Lamb Wallace, USA
March 21, 1862 - Naval engagement at Mosquito Inlet, FL, with the Union gunboats: Henry Andrew, Penguin, and the Union.
March 21, 1862 - The Federal occupation of Washington, NC, by Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA.
March 21, 1862 - Affair at McKay's Farm, between Humansville and Warsaw, MO.
March 21, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to and skirmish at Cumberland Gap, TN, against Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA. (Mar 21-23)
March 21, 1863 - Corps commander Major General Edwin Vose Sumner dies in Syracuse, NY of natural causes on his way to assume command of the Department of Missouri.
March 21, 1863 - Skirmish on the Eel River, CA, with over 45 Indians killed and 37 squaws and children brought in as prisoners.
March 21, 1863 - Federal expedition from Bonnet Carre to the Jackson Railroad and the Amite River, LA. (Mar 21-29)
March 21, 1863 - Federal expedition from New Orleans to Ponchatoula, LA, and skirmishes. (Mar 21-30)
March 21, 1863 - Affair near Doniphan, MO.
March 21, 1863 - Confederate guerrilla attack on the Union railway train between Bolivar and Grand Junction, TN, which they are able to derail and burn.
March 21, 1863 - Federal scout from La Grange to Saulsbury, TN. (Mar 21-22)
March 21, 1863 - Cavalry skirmish at Salem, TN.
March 21, 1863 - Skirmish at Triune, TN.
March 21, 1863 - Naval Engagement at Havana, Cuba: USS Henrick Hudson vs Confederate blockade runner Wild Pigeon
March 21, 1864 - Abraham Lincoln signs legislation allowing Nevada and Colorado to become states even though they don't meet population requirements.
March 21, 1864 - Skirmish near Moulton, AL, with Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, USA, commanding the Left Wing. 16th US Army Corps, who reports sighting Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate Cavalry.
March 21, 1864 - Affair at Henderson's Hill, LA, with Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Mower, USA, defeating and capturing the better part of Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA, scouting arm of the CSA service, the Red River (LA) Campaign.
March 21, 1864 - Skirmish at Reynoldsburg, 65 miles from Union City, TN, where the Confederates capture the Federal garrison of 50 men there.
March 21, 1864 - Affair at Velasco, TX, as an armed blockade runner fires on the grounded Federal steamship. Matagorda, whose crew then abandoned her, opting to go to shore.
March 21, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.
March 21, 1865 - The Dept. of Arkansas and the Indian Territory is transferred from the Military Division of West Mississippi to the Military Division of Missouri.
March 21, 1865 - Federal scout from Pine Bluff to Monticello, AR, for the purpose of breaking up some conscripting and bushwhacking parties that were in this section of the country. (Mar 21-23)
March 21, 1865 - The Union forces occupy Goldsborough, NC.
March 21, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Innis N. Palmer, USA, assumes the command of the District of Beaufort, SC.
March 21, 1865 - Federal expedition from East Tennessee into Southwestern Virginia and Western North Carolina, by Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA, commanding the District of East Tennessee. (Mar 21-Apr 25)
March 21, 1891 - Joseph Eggleston Johnston dies, Washington, D. C.
March 21, 1866 - US Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes.