05/12, May 12th 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 12, 1828 - Nat Turner has a vision which he interprets as God telling him to lead an uprising of slaves.

May 12, 1850 - Fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins arrives in Boston, Massachusetts.

May 12, 1861 - Benjamin Butler takes control of Federal Hill and threatens to fire on downtown Baltimore if Southern sympathizers protest.

May 12, 1862 - Skirmish near Farmington, MS, between Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, CSA, and Maj. Gen. Henry Wager Halleck, USA.

May 12, 1862 - The Surrender of Natchez, MS, is demanded, and subsequently received by the naval forces of the USS Iroquois, and the USS Oneida, under Flag Officer Farragut, USN. (May 12-13)

May 12, 1862 - Skirmish at Monterey, TN.

May 12, 1862 - Skirmish at Lewisburg, WV.

May 12, 1863 - Skirmish at Fourteen-Mile Creek, MS, with Maj. Gen. Sherman, USA.

May 12, 1863 - Skirmish at Greenville, MS.

May 12, 1863 - Engagement at Raymond, MS, with Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, USA, repelling Brig. Gen. John Gregg, CSA.

May 12, 1863 - Skirmish at Bloomfield, MO.

May 12, 1863 - Maj. Gen. Simon B. Buckner, CSA, assumes the command of the Dept. of East Tennessee.

May 12, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance from La Vergne, TN.

May 12, 1863 - Skirmish at Linden, TN.

May 12, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance from Murfreesboro toward Liberty and Lebanon, TN. (May 12-16)

May 12, 1863 - Federal operations about Buck's and Front Royal Fords, the Shenandoah Valley, VA. (May 12-14)

May 12, 1863 - Federal operations on the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad and skirmishes (May 15 & 16) near Carrsville, VA, as Federal cannons drive off the attacking Confederates. (May 12-26)

May 12, 1863 - Federal scout from Snicker's Ferry, and skirmish (May 13) at Upperville, VA, with Capt. John S. Mosby, CSA and his Virginia Partisan Rangers. (May 12-14)

May 12, 1864 -Hancock's 2nd Corps makes a mass assault on the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania.

May 12, 1864 - Horatio Gouverneur Wright, U.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen. The following are appointed Union Brigadier Generals:
Joseph Bailey, USA
John Rutter Brooke, USA
Samuel Sprigg Carroll, USA
Simon Goodell Griffin, USA
John Frederick Hartranft, USA
Joseph Hayes, USA
Nelson Appleton Miles, USA
Emory Upton, USA

May 12, 1864 - Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, CSA, dies in Richmond, VA, from wounds received the day before at Yellow Tavern, VA.

May 12, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Junius Daniel, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle Spotsylvania, VA, at the "Bloody Angle," while leading his men in an effort to regain the ground at the "mule shoe" which had been captured by the Federal troops. Total casualties approximate 12,000 today.

May 12, 1864 - Brig. Gen. James Byron Gordon, CSA, is mortally wounded at the combat near Meadow Bridge, VA, while defending Richmond, VA, from Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's, USA, cavalry raid.

May 12, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Abner Monroe Perrin, CSA, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania, VA, while leading his men against the Federal lines, receiving several wounds while riding his horse.

May 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Jackson's Ferry (Hallowell's Landing), AL, with the Union gunboat, Gunboat A.

May 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Bayou Lamourie, LA, the Red River (LA) Campaign.

May 12, 1864 - Skirmish at Smith's Station, the Nebraska Territory.

May 12, 1864 - The Engagement at Proctor's Creek and Drewry's Bluff (or Fort Darling), VA, as Gen. Pierre G. T. Beauregard, CSA, now commanding at Petersburg, VA, deflects Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's, USA, advance. (May 12-16)

May 12, 1864 - Maj. Gen. August V. Kautz's, USA, raid against the Richmond and Danville Railroad, including skirmish at Flat Creek Bridge, and Chula Depot (May 14), VA, part of Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's operations south of the James River, below Richmond. (May 12-17)

May 12, 1864 - Affair at Strasburg, VA, as Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby, CSA, attacks yet another Union wagon train with casualties inflicted on the Federals.

May 12, 1864 - Skirmishes near Newport, at Brown's Ferry, Salt Ponds (or Salt Pond Mountain), and Gap Mountain, WV, during the Federal operations on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. (May 12-13)

May 12, 1865 - Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard, USA, is assigned to duty as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedman, and Abandoned Lands, FL.

May 12, 1865 - Bvt. Maj. Gen. Adelbert Ames, USA, assumes the command of the 10th US Army Corps, FL.

May 12, 1865 - Federal scout against Indians, from Cottonwood, the Nebraska Territory, to Oilman's Station, 15 miles east of Post Cottonwood. (May 12-14)

May 12, 1865 - The Last Engagement of any significance of the American Civil War takes place with the skirmish at Brownsville, or the Union capture, under Col. Theodore H. Barrett. USA, of the Confederate position at Palmito Ranch. TX. led by Col. John S. Ford. CSA. (May 12-13)

May 12, 1865 - Eight conspirators in the Lincoln assassination plead not guilty to the military court holding the trial
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May 12, 1863 - Engagement at Raymond, MS, with Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, USA, repelling Brig. Gen. John Gregg, CSA.
Thanks for the reminder. I had an awesome visit there in February last year. They've done a remarkable job of preservation and interpretation there as has the town itself.



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Jan 20, 2013
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1806-Amos Beebe Laton,Bvt.M.G.,USA,is born in Catskill,N.Y.
1820- Florence Nightingale is born.
1865-Gen.William Tatum Wofford surrenders the last organized group of Confederate Soldiers east of the Mississippi at Kingston,Ga.
1896- Anna Davenport Raines becomes President of thr United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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Jul 8, 2015
FYI - Confederate Gen. Perrin was killed at the Battle of Spostsylvania, not Wilderness.