05/11, May 11th 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 11, 1846 - James Polk informs Congress about Mexican aggression in territory claimed by both the United States and Mexico.
May 11, 1858 - Minnesota enters the Union as a free state.
May 11, 1861 - Ben McCulloch, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
May 11, 1861 - Pro-Union demonstrations are held in San Francisco, CA.
May 11, 1861 - Riot in Saint Louis, MO, continues from the previous day which results in several additional deaths. The 5th Missouri Reserve Regiment quell the secessionist uproar.
May 11, 1861 - Brig. Gen. William S. Harney, USA, resumes the command of the Dept. of the West.
May 11, 1861 - Pro-Union demonstrations are held in Wheeling, VA.
May 11, 1862 - Brig. Gen. John Selden Roane, CSA, is assigned to the command in Arkansas.
May 11, 1862 - Affair at Cave City, KY, where Col. John Hunt Morgan, CSA, captured a passenger train on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, KY.
May 11, 1862 - Skirmish at Pulaski, TN.
May 11, 1862 - With the loss of Norfolk, VA, the Confederates destroy their ironclad, the CSS Virginia, James River, VA, as she no longer has a port to call home, and was forced to move up the James River into water too shallow.
May 11, 1862 - Skirmish on Bowling Green Road, near Fredericksburg VA.
May 11,1862 - Skirmish at Princeton, WV.
May 11, 1863 - Skirmishes at Mount Vernon and Taylor's Creek, or Crowley's Ridge, AR, with Union Cavalry and Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, CSA.
May 11, 1863 - Federal Cavalry raid on the New Orleans and Jackson Railroad, near Crystal Springs, MS, with destruction of railroad lines.
May 11, 1863 - Federal Cavalry expedition from La Grange, TN, to Panola, MS, and skirmishes:
(May 11) at Coldwater and
(May 14) at Walnut Hill, MS.
(May 11-15)
May 11, 1863 - Skirmish at La Fayette, TN.
May 11, 1863 - Skirmish at Warrenton, VA.
May 11, 1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania - small-scale skirmishing and artillery fire continues most of the day while Grant makes plans for a grand assault.
May 11, 1864 - Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, CSA, is mortally wounded at the combat of Yellow Tavern, VA, while defending Richmond, VA, from Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's, USA, cavalry raid, receiving a pistol wound in his stomach.
May 11, 1864 - Federal expedition from Point Lookout, MD, aboard the transport steamer, Star, and the gunboat, Yankee, to the Rappahannock River, VA, for the purpose of destroying Confederate torpedoes. {May 11-14)
May 11, 1864 - Maj. Gen. Edward R. S. Canby, USA, assumes the command of the Military Division of West Mississippi.
May 11, 1864 - Federal reconnaissance from Hilton Head, aboard the US transports, Croton, Plato and Thomas Foulks, to Daufuskie Island, SC.
May 11, 1864 - Skirmish at Blacksburg, WV, during the Federal operations on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.
May 11, 1864 - The Battle of Rock Face, Georgia. Sherman's army withdraws from in front of Rocky Face Ridge. Discovering Sherman's movement, Johnston retires south towards Resaca.
May 11, 1865 - Lewis Baldwin Parsons, USA, is appointed Brig. Gen.
May 11, 1865 - Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson. CSA. surrenders his Confederate command at Chalk Bluff. AR.
May 11, 1865 - The Confederate Commerce Raider, CSS Stonewall, arrives at Havana, Cuba.
May 11, 1865 - Federal expedition with the 62nd US Colored Infantry, from Brazos Santiago, TX, with skirmishes (May 12 & 13) at Palmetto Ranch and (May 13) at White's Ranch. (May 11-14)
May 11, 1865 - Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens is arrested at Liberty Hall, his estate in Crawfordville, Georgia by members of the 4th Iowa Cavalry.
May 11, 1896 - Joint commission completes its hearings on the Ford's Theater disaster.