06/02, June 2nd In Civil War History


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

June 2, 1856 - June 6, 1856 - Democratic Convention - After 14 ballots, sitting President Franklin Pierce withdraws his name from nomination. Stehen Douglas withdraws at the end of the 16th ballot. James Buchanan is nominated by acclamation.

June 2, 1856 - A committee of the House of Representatives recommends Rep. Brooks be expelled and Rep. Laurence Keitt be censured for the attack on Sen. Charles Sumner. Although the resolution fails, both men resign.

June 2, 1861 - Brig. Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, CSA, supersedes Brig. Gen. Milledge Luke Bonham, CSA, in the command of the "Alexandria Line," (also referred to as the "Department of Alexandria," also known as the "Potomac Department."

June 2, 1862 - James Andrews escapes Swims Jail, Chattanooga. He is recaptured the next day.

June 2, 1862 - Affair at Galloway's Farm near Jacksonport, AR, with the advance guard of Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, CSA.

June 2, 1862 - Skirmish on the Little Blue, Jackson County, MO.

June 2, 1862 - Skirmish at Tranter's Creek, NC.

June 2, 1862 - Federal expedition to Wormley's Ferry, Pamunkey River, VA.

June 2, 1862 - Skirmishes at Strasburg and Woodstock, VA, with Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, CSA.

June 2, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.

June 2, 1863 - Alexander Peter Stewart, CSA, is appointed Maj. Gen.

June 2, 1863 - Skirmish at Jamestown, KY.

June 2, 1863 - Federal expedition from Haynes' Bluff to Satartia and Mechanicsburg, MS. (Jun 2-8)

June 2, 1863 - President Jefferson Davis orders Clement L. Vallandigham sent to Wilmington, NC, to be held under guard as an enemy alien.

June 2, 1863 - Union raid on the Combahee River, SC, around Field's Point.

June 2, 1863 - Skirmish at Strasburg, VA.

June 2, 1863 - Skirmish at Upperville, VA.

June 2, 1864 - Brig. Gen. George Pierce Doles, CSA, is mortally wounded near Bethesda Church, VA, killed instantly by a Union sharpshooter, while inspecting his troops' entrenchment lines.

June 2, 1864 - The engagement with the US steamers, USS Adams and the USS Monarch, Mississippi River, MS, with Col. Colton Green, CSA.

June 2, 1864 - Affair at Covington, VA, with Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones, CSA, pitted against Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA.

June 2, 1864 - Ordered to pursue and destroy General Nathan Bedford Forrest, General John Sturgis leaves Memphis with a force of 8,100 men.

June 2, 1865 - The last Confederate surrender in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.

June 2, 1865 - Federal operations against Indians in the vicinity of Crystal Palace Bluff, about Fort Rice, the Dakota Territory, as one man is reported dying from arrow wounds.


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June 2, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.
And going and going and going. Within a couple weeks,food and water shortages started becoming acute. And like Port Hudson then ongoing too, anytime Confederate artillery fired,2-3 times the number of Union guns would open up and zero in on the Confederate guns. Summer heat and humidity along the Mississippi River...miserable duty.