05/07, May 7th In Civil War History


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

May 7, 1861 - With the general population of Tennessee split over secession, a riot breaks out in Knoxville, which results in many injuries and one fatality.

May 7, 1861 - The routes between Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington, DC, via Baltimore, are re-established by Federal authorities.

May 7, 1862 - Skirmish at Croghan's Ranch, CA.

May 7, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Braxton Bragg, CSA, assumes the command of the Confederate Army of the Mississippi.

May 7, 1862 - Skirmish at Horse Creek, MO.

May 7, 1862 - Federal expedition from Roanoke Island toward Gatesville, NC, by Col. Rush C. Hawkins, USA. (May 7-8)

May 7, 1862 - Skirmish at Purdy, TN.

May 7, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to Mulberry Point, James River, VA, by Maj. Robert Morris, USA, 6th PA Cav. (May 7-8)

May 7, 1862 - Action at Somerville Heights, VA, on the south fork of the Shenandoah River, with Maj. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, CSA.

May 7, 1862 - Engagement at West Point, Barhamsville, or Eltham's Landing, VA. Maj. Gen. Gustavus Woodson Smith, CSA, retreating from Williamsburg, VA, and Brig. Gen. William B. Franklin, USA, attacking the Confederate supply train.

May 7, 1862 - Skirmish at and near Wardensville, WV, Maj. Gen. John C. Fremont, USA, searching for guerrillas who murdered a party of officers, zouaves, and convalescent soldiers on their way from Winchester to Moorefield.

May 7, 1863 - Major General Earl van Dorn [CS] is killed by a jealous husband.

May 7, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Amiel Weeks Whipple, USA, dies from his stomach wound received at Chancellorsville, VA, on May 4, dying in a Washington, DC, hospital.

May 7, 1863 - Skirmish at Cajoude Arivaypo, in the San Andres Mountains, the New Mexico Territory, with Apache Indians.

May 3, 1863 - Maj. Gen. John Stoneman's command re-crosses Raccoon Ford, VA, ending his Cavalry raid in Virginia.

May 3, 1863 - West Point, VA, is occupied by the Union forces.

May 7, 1863 - Affair at Cairo Station, WV, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, CSA.

May 7, 1863 - Affair at Harrisville (Ritchie Court-House), WV, with Brig. Gen. William E. Jones, CSA.

May 7, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln and Maj. Gen. Henry W Halleck, USA, return to Washington, DC, after conferring with Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, USA.

May 7, 1864 - Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.
Oliver Edwards, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
August Valentine Kautz, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 7, 1864 - Skirmishes near Florence (May 7), and at Decatur (May 8), AL, as Brig. Gen. John D. Stevenson's, USA, were attacked by the Rebels and forced to withdraw toward Lawrenceburg.

May 7, 1864 - Skirmish near Nickajack Gap, GA.

May 7, 1864 - Skirmish at Varnell's Station, GA.

May 7, 1864 - Skirmish at Bayou Boeuf, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.

May 7, 1864 - The Military Division of West Mississippi is constituted, under the command of Maj. Gen. Edward R. S. Canby, USA.

May 7, 1864 - The US gun-boat, Shawsheen, is captured at Turkey Island, the James River, VA, during Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Union operations on the south side of the James River, VA.

May 7, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Richard H. Anderson, CSA, is assigned the command of the 1st Confederate Army Corps, the Army of Northern Virginia, after Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, is seriously wounded.

May 7, 1864 - Battle of the Wilderness - Grant disengages and moves to the southeast, intending to leave the Wilderness to interpose his army between Lee and Richmond, leading to the bloody battle of Spotsylvania.

May 7, 1864 - May 11, 1864 - Battle of Rocky Face Ridge (Dalton) Battle of Dug Gap, Georgia.

May 7, 1864 - Army of the James briefly seizes the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad before retiring.

May 7, 1865 - Col. Simon Jones, USA, 93rd US Colored Troops, assumes the command of the Carrollton District, LA.

May 7, 1865 - Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's, USA, army continues Marching northward to Washington, DC, for the final Grand Review of his army.