06/05, June 5th In Civil War History


Lt. Colonel
Mar 3, 2017
On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

June 5, 1827 - Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1910)

June 5, 1831 - Marcus Joseph Wright, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Purdy, Tennessee (d. 1922)

June 4-12, 1850 - Nashville Convention - 9 slave states hold a convention to determine their best course of action if the Compromise of 1850 passes.

June 5, 1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin appears as a 40 week serial in the Washington National Era. Stowe received $300.00 for the original work.

June 5, 1861 - The following are appointed Confederate Brigadier Generals:

Earl Van Dorn, CSA

Theophilus Hunter Holmes, CSA

Henry Alexander Wise, CSA

June 5, 1861 - The USS Niagara captures the Confederate schooner, Aid, off the coast of Mobile, AL.

June 5, 1861 - Attack upon Pig Point Batteries, near Hampton, VA, on the James River, by the Federal Steamer, the Harriet Lane.

June 5, 1862 - Abraham Lincoln is authorized by Congress to establish diplomatic relationships with the "Negro nations" of Haiti and Liberia.

June 5, 1862 - Skirmish at Little Red River, AR.

June 5, 1862 - Skirmish at Round Grove, the Indian Territory.

June 5, 1862 - Skirmish near Sedalia, MO.

June 5, 1862 - Action at Tranter's Creek, NC, with Lieut. Col. Francis A. Osborn, 24th MA Infantry.

June 5, 1862 - Skirmish at New Bridge, VA.

June 5, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.

June 5, 1863 - The siege of Port Hudson is ongoing.

June 5, 1863 - Maj. Gen. John G. Parke, USA, resumes the command of the 9th Army Corps, around Vicksburg, MS.

June 5, 1863 - Federal reconnaissance through Gates County, NC, and down the Chowan River, into Gatesville, then towards Mintonsville and on toward Sandy Cross, capturing prisoners along the way. (Jun 5-7)

June 5, 1863 - Skirmishes at Franklin's Crossing (or Deep Run), on the Rappahannock River, VA, with Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick's 6th Army Corps, attacking Lieut. Gen. A.P. Hill, CSA. (Jun 5-13)

June 5, 1864 - Skirmish at Worthington's Landing, AR.

June 5, 1864 - The Federals maintain their bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, SC.

June 5, 1864 - Federal scout from Forysth through Ozark and Douglas Counties, MO. (Jun 5-12)

June 5, 1864 - Federal scout from Warrensburg to the North Blackwater River, MO, and encounters with bushwhackers. (Jun 5-9)

June 5, 1864 - Skirmish and engagement near Piedmont, VA, about 7 miles southwest of Port Republic, results in a Confederate defeat for the Confederate Dept. of Southwest Virginia, under Brig. Gen. W. E. Jones, CSA, by Maj. Gen. David Hunter, USA. The Federals take control of the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

June 5, 1864 - Brig. Gen. William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones, CSA, is mortally wounded at the skirmish near Piedmont, VA, instantly killed while directing his men on the front lines.

June 5, 1865 - Bvt. Maj. Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson, USA, is assigned to the command of the Cavalry Forces, the Dept. of the Gulf, LA.

June 5, 1865 - The veteran portion of the 4th Army Corps is ordered to proceed from the Dept. of the Cumberland to New Orleans.

June 5, 1900 - Stephen Crane, author (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28 in Badenweiler, Germany.

June 5, 1902 - Louis J. Weichmann, chief witness in the trial of the assassins of Abraham Lincoln dies in Anderson, Indiana. (b. 1842)