06/15, June 15th In Civil War History


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

June 15, 1846 - The Treaty of Washington between Britain and the U.S.A. (Oregon Treaty) is signed.

June 15, 1858 - Abraham Lincoln makes his "House Divided" speech before the Illinois Republican Convention to kick off his senatorial run against Stephen Douglas.

June 15, 1861 - The Federal occupation of Edwards' and Conrad's ferries, Potomac River, MD, by Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone, USA.

June 15, 1862 - The US Naval descent upon and bombardment of Saint Mark's, FL.

June 15, 1862 - The Federal expedition to Holly Springs and skirmish at the Tallahatchie Bridge, MS, with Brig. Gen. William T. Sherman, USA. (Jun 15-18)

June 15, 1862 - Action at Big Creek Gap, TN.

June 15, 1862 - Parley between Brig. Gen. Howell Cobb, CSA, and Col. Thomas M. Key, USA, under flag of truce, with discussions for the exchange of prisoners, VA.

June 15, 1862 - Federal reconnaissance to the vicinity of New Market, VA.

June 15, 1862 - Skirmish near Seven Pines, VA, with Brig. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, USA, commanding the 2nd Brigade, as Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, USA, continues on his campaign for Richmond, VA.

June 15, 1863 - The siege of Vicksburg is ongoing.

June 15, 1863 - The siege of Port Hudson is ongoing.

June 15, 1863 - Action near Richmond, LA.

June 15, 1863 - Skirmish near Williamsport, MD.

June 15, 1863 - Federal operations in Northwestern Mississippi, as Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, USA, 16th US Army Corps, orders 1,900 Union cavalry at La Grange, to attack the railroad line at Panola, and to sweep the country of forage, wheat, animals, etc. (Jun 15-25)

June 15, 1863 - Maj. Gen. JEB Stuart's CSA raid on Chambersburg, PA, as Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA, begins to move his corps from Culpeper, VA, northwest through Ashby's and Snicker's Gaps, VA.

June 15, 1863 - Federal expedition to and skirmish near, Lebanon, TN. (Jun 15-17)

June 15, 1863 - Affair near Trenton, TN.

June 15, 1863 - The CSS Tacony continues to evade Union warships and attack Federal vessels off the Atlantic Coast, VA.

June 15, 1864 - Battle of Petersburg - William F. Smith [US] and Winfield Scott Hancock [US], with a combined army of nearly 30,000 men are held off by General P. G. T. Beauregard with about 4,000 men. Union force only gain Battery No. 5 and about a mile of the Dimmock Line
Virginia allowing Lee time to get the Army of Northern Virginia into the Petersburg defenses.

June 15, 1864 - The siege of Petersburg begins as U.S. Grant decides to "outcamp" the enemy.

June 15, 1864 - The capture of the steamer, J.R. Williams, by Col. Stand Watie, CSA, in the Arkansas River, and skirmish at San Bois Creek, the Indian Territory. (Jun 15-16)

June 15, 1864 - The attack on the Union gun-boats at:
Ratliff's (Jun 15)
Como (Jun 15 & 16)
Magnolia Landings (Jun 16)
and skirmish (Jun 17) at Newport Cross-Roads, LA.
(Jun 15-17)

June 15, 1864 - Skirmish near White Hare, MO, where the Federals meet up with the guerrillas who burned Melville, MO, routing the guerrillas.

June 15, 1864 - Skirmish near Moscow, TN.

June 15, 1864 - The Union forces evacuate Pass Cavallo, TX.

June 15, 1864 - Skirmish at Malvern Hill, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

June 15, 1864 - Skirmish near Smith's Store, VA, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

June 15, 1864 - Brig. Gen. Alfred H. Terry, USA, is temporary in command of the 10th US Army Corps, over Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, USA,, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

June 15, 1864 - General Sherman, learning of the defeat at Brice's Crossroads, writes Edwin Stanton "But Forrest is the very devil, ...There never will be peace in Tennessee till Forrest is dead."

June 15, 1865 - Federal scout from Fort Sumner to the Oscura Mountains, the New Mexico Territory, where the Yankees destroy a Navajo camp. (Jun 15-22)