03/28, March 28th 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 28, 1799 - New York State abolishes slavery.

March 28, 1804 - Ohio passes law restricting movement of Blacks.

March 28, 1836 - Roger B. Taney becomes Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

March 28, 1846 - U. S. troops reach the Rio Grande, Texas.

March 28, 1862 - Jefferson Davis proposes a conscription bill, shocking many Southerners.

March 28, 1862 - The siege of Island No. 10 is ongoing.

March 28, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance near the mouth of Saint Augustine Creek, GA.

March 28, 1862 - Engagement at Glorieta, La Glorietta Pass, or Pigeon's Ranch, near Sante Fe, New Mexico Territory with Col. William Read Scurry, CSA, besting Col. John Potts Slough, USA.

March 28, 1862 - The Cumberland Gap Campaign, TN. Brig. Gen. George Washington Morgan, USA, is assigned to the command of 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, and is ordered to operate against Cumberland Gap, TN, the important mountain pass connecting Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

March 28, 1862 - Confederate expedition into Scott and Morgan Counties, TN, by Maj. Gen. E. Kirby Smith, CSA.

March 28, 1862 - Operations on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, VA, with affairs at the Bealeton and the Rappahannock Stations, VA, and the Union occupation of Shipping Point, VA, by Brig. Gen. Oliver 0. Howard, USA.

March 28, 1863 - Brig. Gen. James Cooper, USA, dies while the commandant of the Federal prison, Camp Chase, near Columbus, OH, from camp fever sickness.

March 28, 1863 - Col. Ferris Forman, 4th California Infantry, is assigned to the command of the District of Southern California.

March 28, 1863 - Skirmishes at Danville and Hickman's Bridge, KY, with Brig. Gen. John Pegram, CSA.

March 28, 1863 - The capture of the steamer, USS Diana, near Pattersonville, LA, by Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor, CSA.

March 28, 1863 - The Confederate attack on and capture of the US steamer, Sam. Gaty, MO.

March 28, 1863 - Federal expedition from La Grange to Moscow and Macon, and action near Belmont, TN, under Col. Benjamin H. Grierson, USA.

March 28, 1863 - Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge, WV.

March 28, 1863 - Battle of Glorieta (Pass), New Mexico territory - Union forces halt the Confederate attempt to take over New Mexico.

March 28, 1864 - Federal scouts to Caperton's Ferry, AL, and encounters with bushwhackers.

March 28, 1864 - Skirmish at Danville, AR.

March 28, 1864 - Skirmish at Mount Elba, AR, the Camden (AR) Campaign.

March 28, 1864 - Engagement with Indians on the Eel River, CA, where the Yankees attack a large party, killing 16 Indian men, and capturing 2 squaws. The Yankees note that there is still a large number of Indians known by the name, Wileackee, still living in this area.

March 28, 1864 - Riot by a group of Copperheads, or members of the Knights of the Golden Circle at Charleston, Coles County, IL, sees the worst anti-war protesters since the Draft Riot protesters in New York City NY, in July 1863, resulting in at least 6 deaths and 20 injuries.

March 28, 1864 - Operations in Eastern Kentucky.

March 28, 1864 - Affair at New Hope, KY, as the Confederates burn the passenger train there on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

March 28, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks', USA, column advances from Alexandria, LA, the Red River Campaign, while Maj. Gen. (soon to be Lieut. Gen) Richard Taylor, CSA, concentrates forces to contest Banks' advance into the Trans-Mississippi region.

March 28, 1864 - Skirmish on Obey's River, TN, with Brig. Gen. Edward H. Hobson, USA, commanding the District of South Central Kentucky.

March 28, 1864 - Federal scout to Aldie and Middleburg, VA, as the Federals traverse the Bull Run Battlefield searching for Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA and the 43rd Virginia Battalion Calvary (Mar 28-29)

March 28, 1864 - Federal scout in Gloucester County, VA, to ascertain the truth of alleged rebel designs to capture oyster schooners.

March 28, 1864 - Affair at Bloomery Gap, WV.

March 28, 1865 - The siege of Petersburg is ongoing.

March 28, 1865 - Skirmish near Elyton, AL, with Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson.

March 25, 1865 - Federal expedition from Fort Pike, LA, aboard the sloop, Rosetta, to Bay Saint Louis, MS, in an unsuccessful attempt to capture some of Lieut. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate Cavalry troops.

March 28, 1865 - Skirmish at Bull Creek, Christian County, MO.

March 28, 1865 - Brig. Gen. Robert E. Mitchell, USA, is relieved from the command of the District of Nebraska, and is assigned to the command of the District of North Kansas.

March 28, 1865 - Skirmish at Boone, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman, USA.

March 28, 1865 - Skirmish near Snow Hill, NC, with Maj. Gen. George Stoneman's USA, Cavalry approaching from the west.

March 28, 1865 - Skirmish at Germantown, TN, with the Union pickets there.

March 28, 1865 - The District of the Plains is formed, to consist of the Districts of Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Connor, USA, is assigned to its command.

March 28, 1865 - Federal expedition from Deep Bottom, VA, with the assistance of transports, ferries, and gunboats, to near Weldon, NC, where the Yankees meet little resistance, and with minor skirmishes, capturing some prisoners and Confederate supplies, cotton, etc.

March 28, 1870 - General George Thomas dies