03/25, March 25th In Civil War History


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Mar 3, 2017
This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

March 25, 1807 - British Parliament abolishes the slave trade throughout the British Empire; a penalty of £120 per slave is introduced for ship captains.

March 25, 1850 - The original bills of the Compromise of 1850 are completed. They were written individually by Stephen Douglas.

March 25,1856 - Ambrose E Burnside patents Burnside carbine.

March 25, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance from Murfreesboro to Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Manchester, and McMinnville, TN.

March 25, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to Agnew's Ferry, TN, with Lieut. Mortimer Neely, 5th Iowa Cavalry.

March 25, 1862 - The siege of Island No. 10 is ongoing.

March 25, 1862 - Skirmish at Mount Jackson, VA.

March 25, 1863 - Affair with Union wooden gunboats near Florence, AL, as Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's, CSA, Cavalry successfully moves to protect the several manufacturing establishments in the area.

March 25, 1863 - Skirmish at Jacksonville, Florida.

March 25, 1863 - 1st US Army Medal of Honor awarded to Pvt. Jacob Parrott, one of the Andrews Raiders.

March 25, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright, USA, in the command of the Dept. of the Ohio in Tennessee. Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright is relegated to division commander in the Army of the Potomac.

March 25, 1863 - The passage of the Vicksburg, MS, batteries by the ironclad USS Switzerland, and the destruction of the USS Lancaster.

March 25, 1863 - Actions at Brentwood, and at Franklin, on the Little Harpeth River, Tennessee, including the capture of the Union command at Brentwood, by Brig. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA.

March 25, 1863 - Federal expedition from Belle Plain aboard the steamer, W.W. Fraiser, into Westmoreland County, VA, with large quantities of foodstuff seized.

March 25, 1864 - Skirmish at Dover, AR. 2nd Arkansas Cavalry vs. rebel guerillas.

March 25, 1864 - Skirmish near White River, AR, the Federals recapturing some of their men held as prisoners.

March 25, 1864 - The Confederate attack on, and capture of, Paducah, KY, on the Ohio River, by Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA; however, Forrest failed to capture the Federal garrison at Fort Anderson, and withdraws toward Fort Pillow, Mississippi River.

March 25, 1864 - Federal expedition from Beaufort aboard the US gunboat, Britannia, to Bogue and Bear Inlets, NC, with the burning of a blockade runner. The Federal landing party in their small landing boats had a dangerous time due to the rough seas, with several of the crafts capsizing, but no fatalities.

March 25, 1864 - Brig. Gen. David McMurty Gregg, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, USA, in the command of the Cavalry Corps, the Army of the Potomac.

March 25, 1864 - Affair at McClellansville, SC, as the Federals unsuccessfully attempt to capture the Rebel steamer, Little Ada.

March 25, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing - see action at Fort Stedman.

March 25, 1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman - Confederates break Union line at Petersburg. General John B. Gordon captured Fort Stedman, a Union outpost on the line around besieged Petersburg, eventually punching a hole 3/4 of mile wide. Confederate units then made a desperate attempt to hit the federal supply base at City Point. With overwhelming force the federal troops turned back the advance, recaptured the fort and retook the lines.

March 25, 1865 - Federal expedition with the 93rd US Colored Infantry, from Brashear City, aboard the gunboat, No. 43, to Indian Bend, LA, for the purpose of destroying or capturing a barge said to have been used by the Rebels for transporting a number of horses over Grand Lake and into their lines.

March 25, 1865 - Skirmish at Brawley Forks, TN.

March 25, 1865 - Battle of Mobile, Alabama (Spanish Fort, Fort Morgan, Fort Blakely).

March 25, 1865 - Battle of Bluff Spring, Florida.

March 25, 1865 - Action at Fort Fisher, VA, and action at the Watkins House, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

March 25, 1905 - Many of the CSA battle flags captured by Union forces during the Civil War are returned to the hometowns of their respective regiments. Those flags whose units could not be identified were sent to state historical societies.