05/24, May 24th In Civil War History

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This date in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

May 24, 1844 - Samuel F. B. Morse taps the message "What hath God wrought?" into his telegraph, sending it from Washington to Baltimore over wires.

May 24, 1856 - May 25, 1856 - Pottawatomie Massacre - John Brown kills five pro-slavers along this Kansas Creek, Kansas

May 24, 1861 - Federal forces occupy Alexandria, Virginia

May 24, 1861 - Sterling Price refuses to disband his troops in Missouri

May 24, 1861 - Col. Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves is killed in the Marshall House Inn in Alexandria, Virginia, after he and his men removed a Confederate flag. He is generally regarded as the first officer killed while on duty in the American Civil War.

May 24, 1861 - Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, USA, from Fortress Monroe, Hampton, VA, announces to President Lincoln of his determination to employ in the Federal cause fugitive slaves of disloyal owners, causing a political stir as Butler looks upon slaves as contraband, refusing to release 3 Negro slaves.

May 24, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Prentiss Banks', USA, command retreats to Williamsport, MD. May 24-26)

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish near Corinth, MS.

May 24, 1862 - Federal expedition to Spring Hill, MO, against Rebel jayhawkers.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Winchester, TN.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Berryville, VA, with Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA.

May 24, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance toward Hanover Court-House, VA, by Col. Richard H. Rush, 6th PA Cavalry.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Linden, VA.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Mechanicsville, VA.

May 24, 1862 - Action at Middletown, VA, with Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at New Bridge, VA, with Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, US A.

May 24, 1862 - Action at Newtown, VA.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Seven Pines, VA, with Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, USA.

May 24, 1862 - Skirmish at Strasburg, VA, with Maj. Gen. Thomas Jackson, CSA.

May 24, 1862 - Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell's, USA, orders to move upon Richmond, VA, in co-operation with the Army of Potomac, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, USA, commanding, are suspended. Maj. Gen. Irvin McDowell is ordered to put 20,000 men in motion for the Shenandoah Valley, VA, and to capture Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA.

May 24, 1862 - Maj. Gen. John Charles Fremont, USA, is ordered to move from Franklin, WV, against and to cut off Maj. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA, who is operating in the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

May 24, 1862 - Operations about Harper's Ferry, WV. (May 24-30)

May 24, 1863 - Ambrose Powell Hill. C.S.A.. is appointed Lieut. Gen.

May 24, 1863 - Henry Heth, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen.

May 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Mill Springs, KY.

May 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Mound Plantation, near Lake Providence, LA.

May 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Austin, MS, with the Federals burning the town.

May 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Mechanicsburg, MS.

May 24, 1863 - Federal expedition up the Yazoo and Big Sunflower Rivers, MS. (May 24-31)

May 24, 1863 - Maj. Gen. John A. Schofield, USA, supersedes Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, USA, in command of the Dept. of Missouri.

May 24, 1863 - Skirmish at Woodbury, TN.

May 24, 1864 - Stephen Elliott, Jr., CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen. Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Little Rock, AR.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish at Burnt Hickory (or Huntsville) GA, as Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, CSA, Cavalry attacks Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's supply lines.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmishes at Cass Station and Cassville, GA.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Dallas, GA.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Morganza, LA.

May 24, 1864 - Col. Colton Greene's Confederate operations on the west bank of the Mississippi River, capturing 2 Union vessels in the process. (May 24-Jun 4)

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish at Holly Springs, MS.

May24, 1864 - Skirmish near Nashville, TN.

May 24, 1864 - The 9th US Army Corps is assigned to the Army of the Potomac.

May 24, 1864 - Action at Wilson's Wharf, north side of the James River, below Fort Powhatan, VA, as Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's Confederate attack is repulsed by the two all Black Federal regiments garrisoned there.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Charlestown, WV, as the Federals pursue some of Lieut. Col. John S. Mosby's, CSA, men towards Kabletown.

May 24, 1864 - Skirmish near Lewisburg, WV.

May 24, 1865 - Federal scout from Napoleonville to Bayou Saint Vincent, LA.

May 24, 1865 - Skirmish 6 miles from Rocheport, MO, as the Yankees surround the house where 11 Confederate guerrillas were holed up, killing 5, wounding and capturing the last.

May 24, 1865 - Bvt. Brig. Gen. George Spalding, USA, 12th Tennessee Cavalry, is assigned to the command of the District of North Missouri, vice Fisk.

May 24, 1865 - Grand Review of Sherman's Army.
 
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